But skating last, Virtue and Moir pulled out the dance of their lives under incredible pressure to earn 122.40 for a combined record total of 206.07 points and the gold medal, narrowly bettering the French duo's 205.28.
"They were just as loud this time around as they were every other time".
In the short dance, the Canadians established a world record and forced everyone else to chase them.
"I am thrilled with this competition".
Papadakis said Tuesday's performance had, made their Olympic debut special. "It inspired us a lot, but since then our career has really taken off". "We wanted to make a bit of a different statement". We watch them, we love their style. It's personal this time. "We've never skated that way before", she told a news conference. But in the end, the margin was not big enough to eclipse the Canadians world-record breaking combined score.
Oh well. We can learn to appreciate Canada's unofficial first couple (apologies to Justin and Sophie Trudeau, who are lovely and a real couple) as just friends. "As Canadians, we were born on the ice". Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron (FRA) won silver at Gangneung Ice Arena, while Alex and Maia Shibutani (USA) took bronze.
The Americans had assured themselves a medal when the "Shib Sibs", who helped the US win the team bronze, put on their best performance of the season.
"The competition isn't over until it's over".
"We felt that our short dance was incredible".
Alex said the experience fulfilled their dreams. "It feels like gold". "We didn't really think about results".
They helped break the Soviet and later Russian stranglehold on the sport, becoming the first North Americans to win Olympic gold in 2010.
After dropping from gold to silver between 2010 and 2014, why risk defeat in 2018?
"It just wasn't our best skate today". We can just pretend.
"I knew it was over", Chock said after an emotional moment on the ice when the music ended. The two appeared to have clicked blades entering the spin, both falling to the ice.
Now, they're being called the greatest ice dancers ever.
At least we know who to blame. It was pretty hard, right away to keep going. "So there was no reason to be concerned about the score", she said. They have hinted, but not made an official announcement. The Shibutanis, whose heritage is Japanese, finished third with 192.59 points, to 187.69 for Hubbell and Donohue.
After Sochi, where they brought home a silver medal, Virtue and Moir announced their retirement, but came back to rink in 2016 and won the second place in 2017-2018 grand prix final. Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, skating their signature free dance to "Je Suis Malade" (a program their originally skated in 2011-2012), earned 181.98 points for seventh.
They are going out on top, with their own fairy-tale ending.
Despite their show-stopping samba rhumba cha performance a third Olympic title is by no means in the bag for Scott and Moir as Papadams and Ciceronize could overtake them if they produce their best free dance. The pair's former longtime coach Paul MacIntosh had this to say, "The whole world would like them to date".