Davis, White take lead in ice dance in Sochi

Meryl Davis and Charlie White performing SD at Grand Prix event

Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the USA performed closer to their fourth Grand Prix Finals ice dance title with a dominant skating in today’s short dance.

Davis/White scored 73.20 in flawless program to go ahead of reigning World champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada (71.27). 2012 European champions Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France occupied third position with 68.70 points.

The top three pairs, each with two Grand Prix titles to their name, face off for the first time this season in the finals at the future Olympic venue in Sochi, Russia.

“It was kind of attacking the program, attacking the elements while maintaining that performance level that I’d say we’re most proud of today,” Meryl Davis said the press. “Being out at the Olympic venue for the first time, we really wanted to take advantage of the opportunity and really enjoy being in the rink.” she added.

Olympic champions Virtue/Moir skated a strong all-round performance boasting a particularly impressive step sequence.

“We skated very well and had great unison,” Moir commented. “A couple of technical mistakes in there that we’ll have to look at very little but they could prove to be quite costly.” he noted.

Pechalat/Bourzat put in a solid skate by their standards to a can-can theme.

“Maybe they were looking for something different than what we were working on.” Bourzat said.

Photo: Zimbio

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