Olympics: Canadian skating pair Virtue and Moir win ice dance gold

Virtue and Moir look to end 20-year career with Olympic gold

The team of Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue compete at the Olympics

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada celebrate after winning the gold medal in the ice dance, free dance figure skating final on February 20, 2018.

Skating last to "Moulin Rouge", the pair embraced and grinned on the ice after their dynamic performance that had the audience roaring.

"If it is the end we are extremely pleased with that", Moir said. "We really committed to our training because we knew we'd have to be better than we've ever been". In 2010 and 2014, the rivals were Americans Charlie White and Meryl Davis, with whom they trained and against whom they dueled for gold in Vancouver and Sochi.

"We have such respect especially for Gabriella and Guillaume". "We kind of do too", Savannah Guthrie added.

Virtue and Moir, who are expected to retire in the coming weeks, leave these Games as the most decorated figure skaters in history, with three golds and two silvers. By winning the title, Virtue and Moir brought their Olympic medal haul to five and became the most decorated figure skaters in history.

The French pair's efforts fell just short though as Virtue and Moir's routine nudged them less than a point ahead, likely giving their careers another golden goodbye.

Papadakis and Cizeron's routine was superb, earning them a world-record of 123.35 points for the event over Virtue and Moir's 122.40.

Before competing in the individual ice dancing event, the couple helped their national team to triumph in the team competition which opened the figure skating program in PyeongChang.

The French couple, which had experienced a wardrobe malfunction in Monday's short program and had appeared distracted, won Tuesday's free dance with a world-record score.

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Bewitching the spectators present at the ice Palace of Gangneung, the couple cherished the Canadians offered a delivery is near flawless, obtaining a score of 122,40 for his free program.

"We tried to sort of take the emotion out of it and just think 'We had a big job to do, and do what we do every day at home, '" Virtue added. That performance was really special and truly memorable. Those are moments we will never forget.

"We feel really good and excited heading into our second Olympic Games", Maia, 23, told PEOPLE prior to arriving in Pyeongchang.

They finished it off exactly how they had imagined.

"We're very proud of what we were able to accomplish today". "We have the greatest respect for (the French team) and they skated so well, and they push us to be at our best".

"It was awesome to finally have that Olympic moment, " Alex Shibutani said.

When they made a decision to mount a comeback a couple of years ago, they made a decision to remain in Canada and chose Dubreuil and Lauzon's school.

South Korea qualified for a place in the Olympic women's curling semi-finals with a 9-6 win over the United States on Tuesday, as Canada's hopes of defending its gold medal hung by a thread following a 7-5 loss to China.

And while the darling duo say they've reached the end of their Olympic careers, they now plan to go on tour, which is sure to keep fans swooning and guessing about the possibility of a real romance to go with their on-ice intimacy.

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