SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- It sure was nice of French ice dancers Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat to honor the United States during their gold-medal winning performance.
Without it, Americans wouldn't have gotten close to the medals stand Monday.
Anissina posed like the Statue of Liberty at the start of the routine and the pair ended by holding up their arms as if they had torches. Their music also included snippets of Martin Luther King Jr.'s famed freedom speech.
"This was the best performance we ever did," Peizerat said.
Most importantly, they remained on their feet, something two of their top competitors failed to do. Russia's Irina Lobacheva and Ilia Averbukh also remained on their skates and, in a tight vote, finished second.
World champion ice dancers Barbara Fusar Poli and Maurizio Margaglio of Italy finished third. Naomi Lang and Peter Tchernyshev, winners of the last four American championships, were 11th.
The United States is still second in the overall medal count with 18. Germany leads with 24, including two golds Monday.
Five medals will be decided Tuesday, starting with men's ski aerials. Other finals include the men's and women's cross-country sprint, men's 1,500-meter speedskating and two-woman bobsled.
Also on the schedule are the women's figure skating short program and women's hockey semifinals -- featuring the United States against Sweden, and Canada vs. Finland -- and two consolation games.
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