Canada were assured of gold medal in the team figure skating competition at the Winter Games on Monday before the final free dance element…

The Canadians had an unassailable 63 points after the men’s and women’s free skates and could no longer be overtaken by the Olympic Athletes from Russia team on 58.

Heavily favoured Canada has used its strongest figure skaters to increase its lead in the team event at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Two-time Olympic medallists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir blew away the field by a margin of 5.05 points in the short dance. They were the 2010 ice dance gold medallists and won silver in 2014.

Their performance gives Canada 27 points overall in the team standings, four points in front of the second-place United States, which got a strong performance to the required Latin theme from siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani.

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Finding a way to incorporate the Rolling Stones and the Eagles with the emphatically Latin music of Santana is almost as cool a trick as the precise twizzles and intricate lifts Virtue and Moir performed on the ice. They cruised through their samba, rhumba and cha cha as if dancing along the Copacabana beach.

The Russians are in third with 21 points heading into the women’s short program. Following that will be the pairs free skate.

Team competition ends Monday with men’s, ice dance and women’s free skates.

Watch some of the most spectacular team figure skating performances of the Winter Olympics so far:

 

Author: ANA Newswire