Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir brought down the house at the Pacific Coliseum. Knocked the Russians right off their traditional spot atop the ice dance podium, too.
In their first head-to-head competition this season, five-time U.S. champions Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto are in an unfamiliar spot: second place. They trail former training partners Meryl Davis and Charlie White after the compulsory dance.
As the pilot for the USA-1 bobsled, I broke a 62-year gold medal drought when my sled, the 'Night Train" won the Olympic title at the 2010 Vancouver Games. A degenerative eye condition nearly caused me to quit my sport in 2008, but corrective surgery restored my vision to 20-20.