Davis, White top world ice dancing rankings
Team becomes second Americans to lead rankings
|Meryl Davis and Charlie White head into Vancouver as the No. 1 ranked ice dancing team in the icenetwork.com world rankings. (Getty Images)|
Japan's Miki Ando captured her second gold medal in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series -- her first since 2006 Skate America -- in Moscow, elevating her to No. 5. Rostelecom Cup silver medalist Ashley Wagner of the United States moved up five places to No. 13, while Alena Leonova, who won the bronze last week, jumped four notches to No. 9. Moving up three spots to No. 8 was Alissa Czisny, who placed fourth at the Rostelecom Cup.
Evgeni Plushenko, the 2006 Olympic champion from Russia, made his long-awaited return to competition last week, and he did not disappoint, besting the field in Moscow by 25 points. That win put him at No. 20 in this week's rankings. Japan's Takahiko Kozuka vaulted four slots to No. 3 with his silver medal at the Rostelecom Cup. Winning his first career Grand Prix medal in Moscow -- a bronze -- was Russian Artem Borodulin, who entered the rankings at No. 19. Another big mover was Belgium's Kevin van der Perren, whose fifth-place finish last week led to his climbing from No. 16 to No. 12.
Qing Pang and Jian Tong of China strengthened their hold on the No. 2 ranking -- and crept closer to top-ranked Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany -- with their gold medal in Moscow. Rostelecom Cup silver medalists Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov inched up one place to No. 4, leapfrogging country mates Maria Mukhortova and Maxim Trankov, while Americans Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker rose two spots to No. 7 after earning the bronze in Russia.
Davis and White continued an impressive streak during which they've won four of their last five competitions, a run of success that includes gold medals at the 2009 Nebelhorn Trophy, 2009 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships and 2009 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Italy's Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte, silver medalists at the Rostelecom Cup, improved two places to No. 13, while Ekaterina Rubleva and Ivan Shefer of Russia soared five spots to No. 13 on the strength of their bronze in Moscow, their first career Grand Prix medal.