Davis and White Win Olympic Gold, Chock and Bates Eighth, Shibutani and Shibutani NinthFree Dance Quotes - Meryl Davis & Charlie White, Madison Chock & Evan Bates, Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani (PDF)
(2/17/14) - Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the Olympic gold medal in ice dancing at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Davis and White are the first American ice dancing team to ever win gold at the Olympics and are now tied for the most Olympic medals in U.S. Figure Skating history with three. Madison Chock and Evan Bates finished in eighth and Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani finished ninth. This is only the second time the U.S. has placed three ice dancing teams inside the top 10 at the Olympics (1984) and it is also the best combined finish for three U.S. ice dancing teams at the Olympics.
Skating last, Davis and White delivered a world record performance which earned a total of 116.63 points for their "Scheherazade" free dance. Combined with a world record in the short dance, Davis and White earned a total of 195.52 points, the most ever under the current scoring system. Receiving Level 4s throughout their entire skate, Davis and White were powerful, elegant and near perfect despite the sport's brightest lights shining down on the Michigan natives. A partnership 17 years in the making, Davis and White earned the 15th gold medal in the history of U.S. Figure Skating.
Skating to selections from Les MisÚrables, Madison Chock and Evan Bates set a new season-best score of 99.18 points en route to 164.64 total points and an eighth place finish. Bates, competing in his second Games, finished three places higher than his placement at the 2010 Games in Vancouver. Chock, competing in her first Olympic Games, and Bates performed a powerful skate where they received strong scores, especially for their inventive and difficult lifts.
Summoning their inner King of Pop, Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani thrilled the crowd with their skate to some of Michael Jackson's greatest hits. They earned 90.70 points for their free dance and 155.17 points overall. The siblings, who are based in Michigan, earned the third-best score of any team for their Level 4 twizzles which received high grades of execution from the judges.