The ice dance event was my favorite of the four disciplines to watch at the Grand Prix Final this year. I loved how confident each team looked, so at ease in their own style. When winners Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje posted a personal best score, I started wondering how the scores of this season compare to the marks of last year’s Olympic Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White and silver medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who are both absent from competition this season.
I took a look at the best scores of both teams, and the top dance scores of this season still trail by a wide margin: anywhere from 15-30 points. Weaver and Poje have come the closest, while Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates and the French team of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron—the other dance stars of this season—are down 20-30 points. This margin is a testament to the brilliance of both Davis and White and Virtue and Moir. Davis and White’s personal best of 195.52 was at the 2014 Olympics, while Virtue and Moir’s personal best 190.99 was also at that event. Neither team has made an announcement about their competitive future, but it would be safe to say both teams would still be in the mix if they return next season.
Canadians Weaver and Poje won the 2014 Grand Prix Final with a total of 181.14, a huge improvement on their scores from last season. They earned 169.11 points in their 7th place finish at the Olympics last year. And Chock and Bates are posting scores in the mid-170s this season, nearly 10 points higher than previous years. So things certainly haven’t been stagnant in the absence of the previous two Olympic Champions.
But whether Davis and White and Virtue and Moir return to competition, the legacy of each team definitely still looms large over the sport.