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DAVIS AND WHITE FINISH STRONG, CLAIM SILVER


by RENEE FELTON, TROY SCHWINDT AND LYNN RUTHERFORD


eryl Davis and Charlie White earned Team USA’s only medal at the 2012 ISU World Fig- ure Skating Championships in Nice, France, though it didn’t necessarily come in the color


they had hoped. Te Michigan duo, who in 2011 be- came America’s first World ice dancing titlists, settled for the silver medal behind Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.


“In terms of placement, at this point, we are always aiming to be on top,” Davis said after their “Die Fleder- maus” free dance. “I’m really proud of what we were able to put out onto the ice this week, which is all that’s really in our control.”


Te enthusiastic French crowd went wild as Davis


and White kicked off the final group of skaters. “Te music is crowd-pleasing so then we get into it and it magnifies the performance,” White said. “Of course it helps that we have that kind of support in a difficult program.” Davis and White’s free dance earned 107.64 points


as they received 178.62 points for the week. Neither of their scores was their highest of the season, however, the duo felt they were the strongest performances of the sea- son.


“You always want to get your season’s best at the


World Championships; that’s what you’re aiming for,” White said. “We felt like we skated clean and really left it all out on the ice.” Virtue and Moir, who train alongside Davis and White in Canton, Mich., finished with a total of 182.65 points. Despite Virtue insisting there were hiccups in the “Funny Face” free skate, the Olympic champions were rewarded with 110.34 points for the segment. Two of their elements, their opening level four step sequence and closing lift, each earned more than 10 points. “To be honest, it wasn’t the best we’ve skated this


DAVIS AND WHITE AT WORLDS


2012 — Silver medal 2011 — Gold medal 2010 — Silver medal 2009 — Fourth place 2008 — Sixth place 2007 — Seventh place


program this season,” Virtue said. “But that’s why we train and put all the mileage on the program; we relied on that even though we didn’t feel necessarily 100 per- cent. It’s great to get the victory. We’re thrilled with our season.” Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat, representing the host nation, skated their best programs of the season, earning 173.18 points and the bronze medal. Tey were rewarded with deafening cheers that drowned out thel


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