U.S. duo knocks Virtue, Moir from gold

Gold medallists Meryl Davis, left, and Charlie White of the U.S. pose after the ice dance free...

Gold medallists Meryl Davis, left, and Charlie White of the U.S. pose after the ice dance free dance competition at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Moscow, April 30, 2011. (REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin)

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Moscow, Russia - Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White captured the free dance world championship on Saturday in Moscow.

The Michigan-born duo, who won the silver medal at the Vancouver Olympics and also finished second at last year's worlds, came into Saturday's free dance in second place again with a 73.76 score. However, they posted a 111.51 in their free dance routine and overtook defending champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir with a 185.27 final tally.

Canadians Virtue and Moir had a slim lead with a 74.29 after Friday's short dance, but could only score a 107.50 in Saturday's event to drop to second with a 181.79 total. They were Olympic gold medalists in front of the home crowd at the 2010 Vancouver Games and also claimed last year's world title.

Americans Maia and Alex Shibutani moved up to a third place finish with a 96.91 score on Saturday for a 163.79 total. They slipped past France's Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat, who were in third with 70.97 after Friday's short dance, but could only register a 92.57 in the free dance to end with 163.54 overall score.

Canadian pair Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje ended fifth, while home favorites Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev and Elena Ilinykh/Nikita Katsalapov finished sixth and seventh, respectively.


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