There was no question who is the top ice dance team in the U.S., as World champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White won their tenth gold medal in a row today, taking the title for the fourth consecutive year at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Their last loss was to Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir almost two years ago at the 2012 World Championships.
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Davis and White were at the top of their game in the free dance, earning the highest difficult level for all but one of their elements. Out of the 45 marks given by the judges for program components (five each from the nine judges), they earned 24 scores of 10.00, giving them a free dance score of 114.65 and a final total of 191.54.
Skating last of the 14 teams, Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani gave a strong performance but were deducted for a lift that went beyond the maximum time limit. Still, they were heads above the rest of the competition not named Davis and White, and they captured their second silver medal in a row with a 178.84, over 27 points ahead of the third place team.
With only two points separating the next three teams after the short dance and a spot on the podium and the World team on the line, all three teams gave their strongest performances of the season in their battle. In the end, it was Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue who made it onto the podium with a final total of 151.60, taking the bronze. Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt was fourth, with Madison Chock and Evan Bates finishing fifth.
DANCE (final standings)
1. Meryl Davis/Charlie White – 191.54
2. Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani – 178.84
3. Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue – 151.60
4. Lynn Kriengkrairut/Logan Giulietti-Schmitt – 148.55
5. Madison Chock/Evan Bates – 145.08
6. Anastasia Cannuscio/Colin McManus – 137.37
7. Anastasia Olson/Jordan Cowan – 137.08
8. Emily Samuelson/Todd Gilles – 135.99
9. Isabella Cannuscio/Ian Lorello – 130.35
10. Charlotte Lichtman/Dean Copely – 129.22
11. Ginna Hoptman/Pavel Filchenkov – 114.88
12. Brittany Schmucker/Adam Munday – 113.54
13. Meredith Zuber/Kyle Herring – 109.29
14. Carina Glastris/Kevin Allision – 60.46
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