Meryl Davis and Charlie White picked up where they left off last season — atop the medals podium.
The Americans skated an elegant routine to win the ice dancing title at Skate America on Saturday, following up the world championship they claimed in April.
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Davis in a sparkling purple dress and White in black tails floated over the ice to classical music and were rewarded with a standing ovation from the sparse crowd at the first Grand Prix meet of the season.
"We definitely felt the crowd behind us and that definitely makes a difference, especially when it's your first time out there and you might be a little nervous," White said.
The Americans totaled 178.07 points to win for the second consecutive year, beating Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat by 21.78. The French couple — he dressed as a pharaoh and she as a mummy in bandages — had 156.29.
American Isabella Tobias, a former New York City Ballet dancer, and Deividas Stagniunas of Lithuania took the bronze at 132.58. They got into the event when another couple dropped out.
Davis and White received four perfect 10s — one for performance, one for choreography and two for interpretation/timing.
"It's a good sign we're heading in the right direction," White said. "We want the whole thing to flow seamlessly. It's just a matter of repetition and focus."
Bourzat has been sick with a cold and bronchitis and he had a coughing fit afterward.
"It was a nightmare for me, but we made it through the end without any major mistakes," he said. "I will go to the doctor and then take some rest.