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American pair make history in Olympics ice skating


Meryl Davis and Charlie White made history in Sochi today by becoming the first American pair to win an ice dancing gold medal.

The Michigan duo sported beaming smiles and embraced each other after their gold-medal winning score was announced.

Davis and White bested their Canadian rivals and training partners, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who earned silver, by 4.5 points.

Both couples share the same coach, Marina Zoueva, and have juggled world titles back and forth over the past few years.

Russia's Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov won the bronze.

The results were a flip from the Vancouver winter games, where the Canadians were first and the Americans finished second.

Davis, 27, and White, 26, were first paired together in 1997 and have been skating together ever since.

"It's awkward because a lot of people like to ask if we are a couple off the ice," White said in a 2012 interview. "Because we are such good actors and it's a vital part of being an ice dancer to show we're in love on the ice, everyone just assumes, 'Hey, they probably are a couple off the ice.' We get that question a lot and it's a little bit awkward but we're used to it."