Ice dancing silver and bronze winners aren't impressed

Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir begin their quest for Olympic ice dance gold with Monday's short program

They had wanted to skate to it ever since.

Three-time world champions Tessa Virtue, 28, and Scott Moir, 30, put a bow on their illustrious 20-year partnership, responding to a terrific free program by Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron to score 122.40 points for a world-best combined score of 206.07 and their fifth-career Olympic medal. "She is an all around beauty", Moir says on the pair's website.

The differences between the two couples are easily summarised by their music choices for the free skate event at the Winter Olympics.

The "Shib Sibs" are the first brother-sister ice dance team to win a figure skating medal at the Olympics since France's Isabelle and Paul Duchesnay took silver in 1992. The Canadians also have two silvers.

They floated across the ice in ideal harmony, every step of their samba and rhumba in flawless unison, to break their own record for a short program with 83.67 points.

Even Canadian Ryan Reynolds got in on the action, jokingly thanking Virtue and Moir for "agreeing to raise my children as your own".

Moir was asked about their contribution to the sport, and was modest in response. "I don't know what we've given to ice dance". Obviously, 2010 we were in our own country. Maybe when we're sitting in our rocking chairs in our old age.

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Muramoto said, "I think it is the most composed we have been this season and were able to nail all our elements so I am really satisfied".

Hours before they took stepped on the ice Tuesday, fans took to Twitter lamenting a career that, for them, was ending too soon.

They certainly took chemistry to a new level. (There's adorable YouTube video of the two youngsters in early competitions). "But we did our best and we have nothing to regret", said Papadakis.

It was so close, they ended up sharing the gold.

Skating fans raged on Twitter about the short program scores, anxious that corrupt judging that has plagued ice dancing in the past would rear its ugly ahead in Pyeongchang.

This was the third Olympic Games for Moir and Virtue.

"I wish I could have that moment back", they told reporters afterward.

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The couple's routine included a dynamic lift where Tessa "wraps her long limbs around [Scott's] neck and leans backwards", according to The Toronto Star. Who can say that? They'd made a decision to plug their ears, focus on themselves, and "let (the French) have their moment". But in the end, the margin was not big enough to eclipse the Canadians world-record breaking combined score. Those are moments we will never forget.

At the business end of the competition in Pyeongchang, where more strong wind is forecast at the end of the week, Germany caught Norway at the top of the medals table with 11 golds apiece.

They were better than anybody has ever been.

"The whole world would like them to date".

They skate to the "Moulin Rouge" soundtrack, for goodness' sake.

They had led after Monday's short programme, in which Papadakis suffered an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction. The French duo skated to Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" to showcase their lyrical, flowing and contemporary style.

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