OMAHA, Neb. — Add another title to Meryl Davis and Charlie White’s impressive collection.
Davis and White won their fifth consecutive ice dance crown at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Saturday, matching a record held by four other couples.
The Olympic silver medalists and 2011 world champions had had such a big lead after the short dance they had to do little more but step on the ice to win. But they did so much more with their dramatic and powerful routine to Notre Dame de Paris, setting personal bests for both overall score (197.44 points) and free dance (118.42).
They finished more than 20 points ahead of Madison Chock and Evan Bates (175.91).
The only team in the world that can give Davis and White a real fight is Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who edged the Americans at both the Vancouver Olympics and 2010 and 2012 worlds. But that doesn’t mean Davis and White take it easy when they come to nationals.
Far from it.
Their performance was spellbinding, so intense no one in the arena dared breathe. Every inch of the ice, every nuance of music was filled with intricate and elegant moves, one more difficult than the next.
SPANIARD REIGNS: In Zagreb, Croatia, Javier Fernandez became the first Spaniard to win the European title.
Fernandez, performing to a Charlie Chaplin medley, had a quadruple toe loop, a quadruple salchow and a quadruple salchow-triple toe loop combination for a personal-best 186.07 points, giving him 274.87 overall.
Carolina Kostner, of Italy, successfully defended the women’s title with a personal best of 194.71 points.