03/29/2012 05:18 EDT | Updated 05/29/2012 05:12 EDT

Canada's Virtue And Moir Win Ice Dance Gold


Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won their second ice dance world title in three years on Thursday at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Nice, France.

The 2010 Olympic champions, who led going into Thursday's free program, earned the top score for the second straight day to unseat their chief rivals and defending world champs Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States.

Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France took the bronze, holding onto the third-pace position they claimed in Wednesday's short skate.

Canada's Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje remained in fourth place despite posting a personal-best score in the free program.

The third Canadian entry, Kharis Ralph and Asher Hill, rose two spots to finish 13th.

The victory by Virtue (from London, Ont.) and Moir (from Ilderton, Ont.) gave them the upper hand in their ongoing rivalry with Davs and White.

Virtue and Moir won both Olympic and world championship gold in 2010 before enduring a difficult 2010-11 season in which they missed significant time due to a lingering leg injury of Virtue's. They ended the campaign by taking the silver medal at the worlds in Moscow behind Davis and White, who won their first world title.

Virtue and Moir captured their fourth Canadian title in five years this season, and added a pair of Grand Prix wins. They finished second to Davis and White at the Grand Prix Final in Quebec City in December, but later defeated their rivals at the prestigious Four Continents Championships in early February in Colorado.

More to come.