Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were the last couple to leave the ice after their warmup early today, the Canadian ice dancers soaking in every second before their final Olympic performance.
"Life in rural Ontario is precious ... attitude here and involvement here is so different and [growing up] here made them very, very normal - such wonderful people", said Bob Harvey, pegged as the town's historian for having lived there for six decades.
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Ice Dance free dance competition final - Gangneung, South Korea - February 20, 2018 - Gold medallists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, silver medallists Guillaume Cizeron and Gabriella Papadakis of France and bronze medallists Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of the US celebrate on the podium during the victory ceremony.
Their score of 123.35 points was exactly what they needed to make a case for gold. "No matter what happens, we get our four minutes and we wanted to make sure we took full advantage of it", Moir said.
Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron produced a flawless free skate but were forced to settle for silver. "So she has a pretty good combo, fun to work with, best business partner ever".
Performing to the "Moulin Rouge" soundtrack, the skaters matched their first place finish in last year's World Championships - after they took an extended break from global competitions following a disappointing, for them, silver place finish at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.
"It was wonderful to finally have that Olympic moment because four years ago in Sochi we left with a lot of experience, but still yearning to have that really special moment on Olympic ice that we've grown up watching".
It was a wake-up call for the pair, who knew they would have to be better in the upcoming ice dance event.
"I am thrilled with this competition", said Virtue. "We're really grateful we had that journey with them".
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"They're a once-in-a-generation talent, " said Patrice Lauzon, who along with his wife, Marie-France Dubreuil, coaches the Canadians and French at their school in Montreal.
The Shibutanis received a 114.86 free dance score, which gave them a total of 192.59.
"That was so special to us and we're going to return that favor", he said. "I would never even think about skating with somebody else". They came out of retirement for this one, hoping to cap off their career with a gold medal.
They are now Canada's most decorated Ice Dance team of all time, according to CBC.
In the ice dance event, they set the highest short dance score ever recorded to lead the field.
Papadakis and Cizeron were the new rivals on the scene, bringing a fresh, contemporary style that had won the judges over. The Canadian duo Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz snatched their first-place finish alongside the German duo Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis.
The French couple drew the penultimate starting number for Tuesday's free dance.
Skating fans raged on Twitter about the short program scores, anxious that corrupt judging that has plagued ice dancing in the past would rear its ugly ahead in Pyeongchang.
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.