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“We kept in the moment and neither of us was pushing it,” White said. “We were out there enjoying each other’s company. This was special for us.”
The other American teams, Madison Chock and Evan Bates and siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani, were eighth and ninth.
Virtue had a bobble on a twizzle during the team short dance, but on Sunday, she and Moir looked much more like the couple that charmed the home crowd in Vancouver four years ago. Their footwork again crisp, they seemed to bounce over the ice as they performed to jazz standards from Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.
In his black bowtie and suspenders, Moir, ever the showman, smiled coyly from start to finish, eyebrow arched. Virtue’s face beamed brighter than the sparkles on her flapper-style dress.
With the two still posed cheek to cheek just like the lyrics to the final song in their medley, Moir shouted out “Yes!” and pumped a fist. He whirled across the ice in celebration, then lifted Virtue into the air, burying his face in her shoulder.
“That was more like it,” Moir said afterward.
The week between their programs seemed to drag on forever - Moir called the waiting miserable.
“I just wanted my chance to be on the stage and do that,” he said.
So when the music ended, he let out all that tension, though Virtue teased him: “You left me.”
“I didn’t get the memo on that,” she joked later of his extra little dance.
“I get a little emotional after we skate like that,” he explained.
Both couples have been together since they were little kids, and each talked about wanting to revel in the moment of these Olympics. That was accomplished Sunday.
“We’ve been together 17 years and that plays a huge part in just how comfortable you are on the ice in big moments,” White said. “We have been through so much together in competitions and in life. It’s just having that consistency in our training and our approach, and when it comes to big competitions, being a little bit nervous. You want to be able to count on that.”
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