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Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States react after competing during the Figure Skating Ice Dance Short Dance on day 9 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 16, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White continued their quest for gold in ice dancing Sunday, and if their short dance performance was any indication of what's to come in the long program Monday, that is just where they are headed.
The duo from the Midwest led the ice dancing competition after the short dance with a score of 78.89, taking the lead over Canadian rivals Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.
The pair delivered a commanding performance during the team skating event, returning Team USA’s medal hopes and contributing to the team’s bronze medal.
The two, who skated last, continue to be the favorites to win the gold in the individual ice dance, looking to beat out 2010 gold medalists Virtue and Moir.
The two teams train together in the Detroit area.
Popular skating siblings Alex and Maia Shibutani also performed well Sunday, finishing in 9th place with a score of 64.47.
“So happy with that skate,” Alex Shibutani tweeted after the performance.
“That felt amazing,” Maia Shibutani tweeted. “Thank you for all the support.”
— Maia Shibutani (@MaiaShibutani) February 16, 2014
The top 20 dance couples moved on to the long program Monday.