"I think it's a nice end to our Olympic career here", Virtue said to CBC moments after the venue ceremony.
Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir should look familiar: Their fluid, refined style captured them the gold medal in 2010 and the silver medal in 2014. "We kept pushing each other and we think that was for the best". "We knew that regardless of what the result was going to be we did everything that we could and have no regrets". They were a big part of Canada's hopeful hype leading into the Winter Games, much more visible in commercials and media than in the past.
That loss, in the Grand Prix Final in Japan last December, was to Papadakis and Cizeron, who struggled in their short programme on Monday after the top of Papadakis's costume came loose.
"It's an injury I have been dealing with all season and it just so happens, that it happened the same way on the same foot (the right foot)", she said.
If the case is confirmed, it will come before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which is handling doping matters at the Olympics and has an ad hoc division in Pyeongchang. "I'm very impressed", said one of their coaches, Patrice Lauzon. They were 15th in the short dance.
"We are not extremely disappointed, but we could have done better without that problem".
The Canadians, who led by less than two points after the short dance, showed their mettle at the most crucial moment. "We've never skated that way before", she told a news conference. They're already the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history. Sure, he wanted to play hockey, but his older brother ice danced at the national level - with his cousin, to boot. "I may not be as vocal right now with my opinions but that doesn't mean they have won - I haven't changed my mind", she added. I was so busy being focused, it was hard to really enjoy it.
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However, the IOC's position on the matter could change in light of Krushelnitsky's positive test. No hearing date has been fixed yet and no further information will be provided at this point.
Only the free dance stands in their way. However, they must also fend off three United States teams who will all at least compete for bronze.
The USA's Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue finished in third place following the conclusion of the short dance with 77.75 points. The first ice dancers to break the 200 points barrier a year ago produced a best ever combined score of 203.16 at the European Championships in Moscow last month, suggesting an epic free dance battle is in store on Tuesday. They won by just 0.79 points.
"It was a strong last group". That performance was really special and truly memorable.
Monday, Virtue, dressed in a black backless dress with gold jewels, and Moir, his black and gold shirt open almost to his navel, had fans fired up on social media with their provocative program.
Last week, BuzzFeed News published an exclusive statistical analysis showing that a full third of figure skating judges selected for the Olympics showed a pattern of home-country preference so strikingly consistent that the odds of it occurring by random chance are less than 1 in 100,000.
Men's two-man competition (Monday, 7:35 a.m. ET/9:35 p.m. local): Driver Francesco Friedrich has helped Germany win four of the past five World Championships, but an Olympic medal has eluded him.
"We know that we have to stay present, we know that technically we have to execute", Virtue added. The delegation says in a statement that "we express our honest regret over the fact of the incident".
The Canadians put back in a lift which they had ruled too risqué for their program in the team event earlier in the Games, where Virtue straddled Moir's neck with her legs around his shoulders.