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NBC Olympics Ice Dancing Coverage Justified
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, who won in the ice dance event, perform during the free dance program in the Winter Olympics. (AP Images)"]
The NBC Olympics Ice Dancing coverage came under some heat early this week when NBC chose to cover it instead of the USA vs Canada mens’ hockey game which was demoted to MSNBC. It didn’t help that the original dances performed on Sunday were often verging on ridiculous. But with last night’s free dances proving how great the sport can be can do some gloating of its own.
Ratings for the much maligned ice dancing coverage was an impressive 23.3 million viewers with even more viewers expected to be reported for last night’s performance.
The NBC Olympics Ice Dancing free skate last night thrilled viewers with a number of strong performances, particularly form the Canadian winners, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. USA’s Meryl Davis and Charlie White also gave an outstanding performance to bring home the silver medal with a Phantom of the Opera program. Russia’s Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin also put on a strong show, albeit a little overly dramatic, to get the bronze.
Ice dancing has been traditionally dominated by Russian skaters and this marks the first time a duo competing for a North American country has won Olympic gold in ice dancing. It is also particularly exciting for Canadians who are enjoying their first medal in ice dance since 1988.