Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir defeated their rivals and training mates, Meryl Davis and Charlie White. While neither team skated their best, it was the base value that vaulted the Canadians to the top.
Tessa and Scott were precise in their steps and solid in their lifts, earning them the highest levels on all but one of their elements.
Meryl and Charlie looked strong during the first half of their free dance, but less during the latter parts of the program. Their technical elements were valued 3.50 points below those of Virtue and Moir.
They skated an emotional free dance and defeated U.S. silver medalists Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani for the bronze.
Alex Shibutani has been battling illness this week, and the high-altitude conditions didn't help.