Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir deliver stunning performance to snatch Olympic gold from French ice dancers

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      In one of the most thrilling ice dance showdowns in Olympic history, Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir captured gold despite a record-breaking score in the free dance by their French competitors.

      Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron dazzled the judges with an elegant and spellbinding skate, collecting an unbelievable 123.35 points.

      It meant that Virtue and Moir had to exceed their personal best in the free dance by a substantial margin in order to win the Olympic ice dance competition.

      Skating to "Roxanne" from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack, the Canadians didn't seem to miss a move. While Virtue and Moir didn't quite match the French score, their 122.40 points were enough for them to win their third Olympic Gold and fifth Olympic medal.

      That's because they had a 1.60-point lead going into the free dance, thanks to their record score in the short dance program.

      Watch this CBC Sports video about how Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir prepared for their epic Olympic free dance to "Roxanne".

      Papadakis and Cizeron were world champions in 2016, but Virtue and Moir returned to the top of the podium in 2017. That was the Canadians' third world title.

      It set the stage for a nail-biting Olympic competition.

      It was only marred when a wardrobe malfunction with Papadakis's costume slightly undermined the French pair's results in the short dance program.

      B.C. Olympic gold medallist Cassie Sharpe also won gold at the X Games in Oslo.
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      North Vancouver resident also wins gold

      Meanwhile, Canada won another gold in the women's ski halfpipe.

      It came North Vancouver resident Cassie Sharpe climbed to the top of the Olympic podium, marking the first Candian medal in history in this event.

      Sharpe was born in Calgary and raised in the Vancouver Island community of Comox. She learned to ski on Mount Washington and won her first halfpipe competition in 2012.

      In 2016, she captured Gold at the Winter X Games.

      Canada now has eight gold medals, five silvers, and six bronzes at the Pyeongchang Olympics.