'Greatest Ice Dancers Ever' Take Olympic Gold

French team that suffered malfunction was a close second
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2018 6:21 AM CST
'Greatest Ice Dancers Ever' Take Olympic Gold
Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France perform during the ice dance, free dance figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.   (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

American siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani have a bronze medal to be proud of, France's Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron broke the record for the highest free-dance score, but Olympic ice dancing gold went to Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir on Tuesday, USA Today reports. The pair, who are now being called "the greatest ice dancers ever," took their second gold of the Games with a record 206.07 points total and are now the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history, the AP reports. Papadakis and Cizeron took silver with a score of 205.28, the day after Papadakis suffered a wardrobe malfunction. Their record score was broken by the Canadians just minutes after they achieved it. In other Winter Olympics news:

  • Hockey doping. Slovenian hockey player Ziga Jeglic has been suspended for doping and has 24 hours to get out of the Olympic Village, the BBC reports. Authorities say he tested positive for fenoterol, an asthma medication that opens up the airways. The US men's team advanced with a 5-1 win over Slovenia on Tuesday.

  • "We are one." The joint Koreas women's hockey team is out after a fifth straight loss, with a combined score of 28-2 in all their games, but they made history along the way, the AP reports. South Korean players say they'd like to stay in touch with their counterparts from the North, though it could be tricky. "I mean, none of them have Facebook, so might be hard," says player Randi Heesoo Griffin. "But there were definitely bonds that were formed. And I think if we end up playing against each other again, South Korea vs. North Korea, there's definitely going to be some hugs and some smiles."
  • Near beer. The New York Times looks at what the German delegation is drinking: beer, and lots of it. Non-alcoholic beer, that is, which German athletes tend to drink the way Americans drink Gatorade. It doesn't seem to be doing them any harm—the Germans are second, behind only the Norwegians for medals.
  • "Robbed of glory." Norwegian curlers Magnus Nedregotten and Kristin Skaslien finished fourth last week, but say they'd like a medal and a new ceremony after alleged doping by a member of the "Olympic Athletes from Russia" team that finished third, the Guardian reports. "If he is found guilty, then they’ve robbed us of our moment of glory, receiving our medal in the stadium," Nedregotten says. "That’s not cool. That’s hard to accept, feeling that you’ve been kept out of the light."
  • Glue and tape. Reuters reports on the measures Olympic skaters are taking to avoid wardrobe malfunctions like the one that affected Papadakis. "I use special glue to make sure I can actually glue my dress to my skin so luckily I haven’t had any problems," says Russian ice dancer Tiffani Zagorski.
  • Heartbreak came for another pair of American skaters.
(More 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics stories.)

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