GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA: Ice dance stars Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir inspired Canada to the figure skating team title to secure the Winter Games heavyweights´ first gold at Pyeongchang 2018 on Monday.
The Russians, with their teenage ice starlets Evgenia Medvedeva and Alina Zagitova, took their first silver of the Games. The USA team was third.
The Canadian team, also featuring dual 2014 silver medallist Patrick Chan, fulfilled their promise as favourites to beat Olympic Athletes from Russia, after comming second to Russia four years ago in Sochi.
They took command on Friday, despite Chan tumbling in his men´s short programme.
Competing in their third Olympics, Virtue and Moir earned a maximum 10 points for their short programme, and matched that in the concluding free with an exhilarating four-and-a-half minute performance to the music of Moulin Rouge.
Canada finished on 73 points, with OAR on 66 and the USA a further four points behind.
Italy came in fourth with Japan last of the five that went through to the final five segments of the competition which was held over three days.
While Japan had to make do without defending men´s Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu, Canada went into battle with all their stars present.
And they didn´t let them down at the Gangneung Ice Arena.