Friday, March 21, 2008

2008 Ice Dance Final Results Are In

Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder of France won gold with 212.94 total points and Canada's champions earned 208.80. Jana KIhokhlova and Sergei Novitski of Russia won bronze with 203.26, edging U.S. champions Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto by 26-100ths of a point.

It was the first time since 1975 that all three couples on the world ice dancing podium were there for the first time.

Virtue and Moir were third after the original dance but won the free dance with their delicately romantic and demanding "Umbrellas of Cherbourg" routine that had the hundreds of Canadians among the 9,500 who filled the Scandinavium jumping to their feet and waving Canadian flags when it ended. Virtue and Moir knew they'd nailed it when they saw their marks pop up.

"This was a goal of ours but to see it become a reality on the screen . . . it was just awesome," said Virtue.

Virtue, 18, and Moir, 20, are among the youngest skaters ever to step onto the world ice dancing podium. She was only seven and he was only nine when they began skating together. They won the world junior title two years ago and were sixth at the senior level last year.

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