U.S. Siblings Alex and Maia Shibutani Win Bronze in Ice Dancing as Canada Takes Home Olympic Gold
After two exciting nights of competition — including a wardrobe malfunction that made headlines worldwide — the best ice dancing team has been revealed.
Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir took home the gold medal in the second and final night of the Olympic ice dancing competition Tuesday morning (Monday evening stateside). It’s a second win for the duo, who were also triumphant at the 2010 Olympics, but were edged out of gold in 2014 by U.S. skaters Meryl Davis and Charlie White.
Virtue and Moir also made history with a world-record overall score of 206.07.
France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron walked away with the silver medal — just one day after their costume snafu — followed by U.S. brother and sister duo Alex and Maia Shibutani, who earned bronze. The French pair’s skate initially earned a world record score of 205.28, but the record was immediately toppled by Virtue and Moir, who skated directly after them, according to the CBC.
The Shibutanis received a 114.86 free dance score, which gave them a total of 192.59. The duo finished just ahead of teammates Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue, who received a final score of 187.69.
Madison Chock and Evan Bates finished a distant ninth after falling during their routine. The duo were visibly upset after they left the ice following the skate.
The “Shib Sibs,” as they are widely known, were the American breakout stars at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and have been determined ever since to earn a top spot at the PyeongChang Games. They finished in fourth place Sunday night in the short dance.
“We feel really good and excited heading into our second Olympic Games,” Maia, 23, told PEOPLE prior to arriving in Pyeongchang. “We learned so much from our first experience in Sochi. It inspired us a lot, but since then our career has really taken off.”
“We came away incredibly motivated,” she added. “We knew that our goals and our sights were set on 2018 and that gave us four years to develop our craft and really grow as people.”
The skaters’ short dance also made headlines Sunday night when French ice dancer Gabriella Papadakis’ top came undone at the beginning of their dance, set to Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” and “Thinking Out Loud.” Part of her left breast was exposed while she was still on the ice.
“It’s just frustrating to miss a few points just because of a costume issue,” Cizeron, 23, told reporters afterwards.
Added Padadakis: “It was difficult. It’s the first time that something like that happened. I tried to stay focused and finish without anything [else happening].”
Yet Papadakis and her partner, Guillaume Cizeron, still came in second place with a final score of 81.93, behind Canada’s Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue’s score of 83.67.
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