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U.S. ice dancers Davis and White earn historic Olympic gold

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February 18, 2014 | 10:32 am

Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S. compete during the figure skating ice dance free dance program at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Feb. 17. Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S. compete during the figure skating ice dance free dance program at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Feb. 17. Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

The team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the first Olympics ice dancing gold medal ever for the United States.

Davis and White, who is Jewish [correction: The ‘Who is a Jewish Olympian question’: The case of Charlie White], finished Monday with a score of 195.52 in Sochi, Russia, to edge the 2010 gold medalists, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada. The Americans took the silver at the Vancouver Games to their training partners and longtime rivals.

On Monday, Davis and White scored a world record 116.63 in the free program, which they danced to music from “Scheherazade,” following up their world mark of 78.89 a day earlier in the short dance.

Davis, 27, and White, 26, both from Royal Oak, Mich., have been paired together since they were about 10 years old.

Gold medallists Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S. celebrate during the medal ceremony for the figure skating ice dance free dance program at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 18, 2014. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

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