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Davis, White wrestle back Four Continents trophy

U.S. duo wins third crown at event after Virtue, Moir stop, restart; Chock, Bates take bronze

Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White have won three Four Continents gold medals.
Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White have won three Four Continents gold medals. (Getty Images)

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By International Skating Union
(02/10/2013) - Five-time U.S. champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White danced to victory at the 2013 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, with Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir settling for the silver and Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates claiming the bronze.

Davis and White, who have now won this event three times, put out a strong performance to Notre-Dame de Paris, completing difficult footwork and lifts. The world silver medalists collected a Level 4 on seven elements, with only the circular footwork registering a Level 3.

Davis and White earned a season's best 112.68 points for the segment and 187.36 points overall, recapturing the title they lost last year to Virtue and Moir.

"It was a really emotional skate," White said. "We gave it everything we had, literally, and that's all we can ask of ourselves.

"It's difficult coming off nationals, so to be able to go out and perform the way we did is a monument to our preparation, and I'm really proud."

"We have always been known for out athleticism, but this year I think we have brought our artistic level up to match that," Davis said. "Being able to watch the whole program and enjoy it start to finish for every little thing we do is the best part about it."

Virtue and Moir started well into their intense Carmen routine, but they had to stop almost three minutes into the program when, after the circular step sequence, Virtue felt a cramp in her legs. After a few minutes, they were able to resume the performance.

The reigning world champions earned a Level 4 for the lifts, the spin and the twizzles, while the two step sequences merited a Level 3.

Virtue and Moir earned 109.20 points, a season's best, and slipped from first to second with 184.32 points overall.

"I just had some cramp in my legs to deal with," Virtue said. "I'm glad we collected ourselves and kept pushing through the program."

"Tessa and I feel like, as a team, we have a lot of positive things this week, especially in our short dance," Moir said. "In the free dance, we were able to execute a lot of the elements that we've been struggling with in practice and a little bit at the national championships."

Chock and Bates gave a smooth performance to Doctor Zhivago that was highlighted by solid lifts, but they lost a few points on the twizzles and the diagonal footwork, which were graded Levels 3 and 2, respectively.

With a season's best of 94.98 points, they placed fifth in the free dance but held on to third place overall with 160.42 points, and won their first ISU championships medal in their second season as a team.

"As the season has progressed, we have gotten stronger and stronger," Bates said. "Worlds is the culmination of the full season and all of our hard work. Our goal is to have the best two performances we have had all season and carry that momentum into the Olympic year."

U.S. bronze medalists Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani placed fourth with 159.97 points.

"As always, we will go home and work with our coaches on our programs," Maia said. "Worlds is the last competition of the year for us, and we are looking forward to improving and showing our programs at their very best."

Canadians Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier were third in the free dance and fifth overall with 157.83 points, ahead of Canada's Nicole Orford and Thomas Williams, who posted 139.10 points.