Canada's Moir says "we got smoked" by U.S. rivals

Sun Feb 9, 2014 5:20pm EST
 
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By Alissa de Carbonnel

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Olympic champion Scott Moir ruefully admitted he and ice dance partner Tessa Virtue "got smoked" by rivals and training mates Meryl Davis and Charlie White at the Sochi Games on Sunday.

The much-anticipated dance off between the North American rivals who have traded world championship titles since the 2010 Vancouver Games failed to materialize as Americans Davis and White obliterated the Canadians in the team competition.

Barely two months after Virtue and Moir were just fractions of points from overtaking the Americans at the Grand Prix final, Davis and White won the bragging rights by finishing almost seven points ahead in the free skate of the inaugural team competition.

"We got smoked today," Moir sighed in frustration after the free program.

"Not even close ... It was a good skate, but the levels weren't where they needed to be."

The expected toe-to-toe between the couples who train with the same Russian coach Marina Zoueva failed to materialize when the Canadians paid the price for going out of sync in their side-by-side twizzles in the short program.

That gap widened further after Davis and White charmed the Russian crowd at the 12,000-capacity Iceberg Skating Palace, putting Team USA on the podium when they had been lagging in the debut team competition. Russia took gold, while the Canadian team got silver.

"We sent a strong message today," White told reporters. "We're looking to try to top that record score again in the individual event, so we set the bar high."   Continued...

 
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada's figure skating team compete during the Team Ice Dance Free Dance at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 9, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson