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Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White set two ice dancing world records in capturing their first Olympic gold medal.
The duo also earned a bronze medal as part of the USA contingent in the team event, along with teammates Jeremy Abbott, Jason Brown, Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold and the pairs team of Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir.
And while Plushenko, the 2006 champion who came out of retirement to attempt to defend his title, threw down the gauntlet with a quad-triple combination just 19 seconds into his programme, there was a slight falter on a subsequent triple and a visible slowing down as his allotted 4½ minutes neared its conclusion.
"Without the quadruple, I'm sorry, but it's not men," he had taunted. But if Plushenko was outwardly aggrieved, deep down he must have known that his performance had come up short."We ask a figure skater to do not only jumps but spins and footwork.Figure skating is not only jumping, otherwise we become guilty of the accusation we are only an acrobatic sport." Cinquanta, who has not received such media attention since the pairs voting scandal of the 2002 Olympics, was not finished.But on a night of riveting drama, the judges of the men's final free skate gave their verdict by anointing the quad-less Evan Lysacek as the first American Winter Olympic champion since 1988 and relegating Plushenko to the silver medal. Certainly, few in the packed Pacific Coliseum shared his sense of injustice as they rose to salute the American's bravura display, delivered with more elegance and presence than the rather artless, if multi-rotating Russian.The quad may have been missing from his programme but it was still bristling with difficulty – eight triples, all of them executed with precision and gusto.
All three American women in Sochi -- Gold, Wagner and Polina Edmunds -- finished in the top 10 of the ladies singles competition.