Meryl Davis (West Bloomfield, Mich.) and Charlie White (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) won the silver medal in ice dancing competition at the Pacific Coliseum Monday evening. They had a total score of 215.74, which was nearly six full points behind the gold medal performance of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, who received a 221.57. The bronze medal was won by the Russian pair of Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, who scored 207.64.


"To be standing on the podium with Tessa and Scott is amazing," said Davis. "There is so much to be proud of right now."


"This is very emotional," said White. "It’s for our family, for our friends, for our coaches. All that hard work has paid off."


Tanith Belbin (Aston, Pa.) and Ben Agosto (Chicago, Ill.) placed fourth with a 203.07, while Emily Samuelson (Novi, Mich.) and Evan Bates (Ann Arbor, Mich.) were 11th with a 174.30.


The medal is the 25th for Team USA at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, which matches the total from the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games as the most medals won by the United States at an Olympic Winter Games not held on US soil. The silver is the second won by the US in ice dancing, following Belbin and Agosto’s silver at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games. The first medal claimed by the US in the event was in 1976, a bronze won by Colleen O’Conner and Jim Millns.


The medals table after ice dancing:


Country                                    Gold     Silver   Bronze             Total

United States                           7          8          10                     25

Germany                                   7          9          5                      21

Norway                                     6          3          5                      14

Russia                                      2          3          6                      11

Canada                                     5          4          1                      10