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Ice dancing Olympics: Virtue, Moir, and the night we were all Canadians

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(Read caption) Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir take in the medal ceremony after winning Monday's Olympic ice dancing competition in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Was there any American, in the end, who did not smile when “O Canada” rose from every corner of the Pacific Coliseum for Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir?

Certainly, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, one step below them on the podium, did.

One night before, another sport on ice – though a rather different one – had stoked national passions between the two North American neighbors. Then, in a game where two-thirds of all Canadians were watching, each body check boomed of backyard bragging rights.

But what happened in the ice dancing final Monday was something altogether different, and perhaps even more amazing. For a night, it seemed, the 48th parallel disappeared and we were not two brotherly nations, but brothers.

Technically, Virtue and Moir won gold for Canada and Davis and White won silver for the United States. Yet they were our medals. We were all winners. And not because there were no judging controversies or because North Americans had just won their first gold medal in ice dancing.

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