Virtue, Moir win title
For the first time in nearly two years, Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir beat the American team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White in ice dancing.
The reigning Olympic champions won gold at the Four Continents Championships on Sunday in Colorado Springs, Colo., after outdueling Davis and White in the free skate.
Virtue and Moir overcame a .55-point deficit to Davis and White with a score of 111.24 in the free dance, for a total of 182.84. Davis and White, the reigning world champions who had not lost since the 2010 worlds, earned the silver medal with 179.40. Canada’s Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje were third at 163.26.
Chinese win pairs
China’s Sui Wenjing and Han Cong won the pairs title with a sharp and powerful free skate program at the Four Continents Championships.
The two-time world junior champions scored a season-best 135.08 in the free skate for a 201.83 total. Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, the 2012 U.S. champions, were second at 185.42, while the American tandem of Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker took bronze with 178.89.
Injured Kostelic first
Ivica Kostelic captured his second consecutive World Cup super-combined title with a victory on the 2014 Sochi Olympics course in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, but then hobbled away with an apparent injury.
Kostelic skied the fastest slalom run for a combined time of 2 minutes, 50.21 seconds.
Injury details were not immediately clear.
Beat Feuz, of Switzerland, was second, followed by Thomas Mermillod Blondin of France.
Worley tops field
Tessa Worley of France fought off gusting winds to win a second straight World Cup giant slalom in the Andorran Pyrenees in Soldeu-Grandvalira, Andorra. Overall leader Lindsey Vonn finished eighth.
Worley led after the opening run and withstood a strong challenge by Slovenia’s Tina Maze to claim her seventh career victory in 2 minutes, 1.80 seconds.
Maze finished 0.16 seconds back and chipped into Vonn’s commanding point total with her seventh top-three finish of the season. Defending World Cup champ Maria Hoefl-Riesch was third, 0.75 seconds off the pace.
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