US ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White set a new world record in the short dance at the Olympics while the gallant Jamaican bobsleigh team came down to earth with a bump.
Two-time world champions Davis and White — seeking a first ice dancing gold for the United States — skated a foxtrot and quickstep to “My Fair Lady”, scoring 78.89 points, with Monday’s free dance to come.
Reigning Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada achieved 76.33 for their skate to “Dream a Little Dream”, “Muskrat Ramble” and “Heaven”.
It is the latest round in an ongoing rivalry on the ice going back to junior days between the two couples who train together in Detroit with Russian coach Marina Zoueva.
“Excellent is a word to describe it. I felt like I was in a dream. Everything is coming together,” said Davis.
White said: “We were just in our zone, so we could go out and skate like that. It felt awesome. When we were going out, we said, ‘Let’s do it for each other’.”