Vritue-Moir win ice dance at worlds

JEROME PUGMIRE AP Sports Writer Published:

NICE, France (AP) -- Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada won the world figure skating title Thursday, reversing last year's result by beating defending champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S.

Virtue and Moir captured the worlds and Olympic crown two years ago. This time, they took the free dance after having already finished first in Wednesday's short dance.

Davis and White delivered an inspirational free program that had the crowd on its feet but had to settle for the silver medal. Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France won the bronze.

Earlier, Alena Leonova of Russia nailed all of her jumps and won the women's short program. She was followed by Japanese teenager Kanako Murakami and European champion Carolina Kostner of Italy.