Virtue and Moir were next with 199.86, while American siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani were third with 188.00.
"We made a couple of uncharacteristic glitches that we don't even make in training that often," Moir said. "We don't like not winning competitions but in the grand scheme of things it was still a performance we were proud of."
Maia and Alex Shibutani, a brother-and-sister duo who train in Ann Arbor, won their second career Grand Prix Final medal on Saturday taking bronze in the ice dance competition in Nagoya, Japan.
The Shibutanis entertained the crowd skating their Coldplay-themed free dance, earning 109.91 segment points and 188.00 points overall.
“It was not the performance we wanted to have today, unfortunately,” Alex Shibutani said. “We felt pretty good this week overall and there was a lot of stuff that we made progress on, but I just had issues with the twizzles this week. That’s very uncharacteristic of me. We know what to work on. I’m really not too worried about it, but unfortunately, it was not the best we could do today.”
On March 19 in Milan (Italy) the World Figure Skating Championships in 2018 starts, which will be the main competitions of the Olympic season. The composition of the Russian national team, announced on March 3, has undergone a change to the present day - unfortunately, the two-time silver medalist of the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, two-time world champion Evgenia Medvedeva, will not be able to take part in the World Cup.
Earlier, due to a trauma to the right foot and the need for further rehabilitation, Zhenya was forced in December 2017 to miss the ISU Grand Prix Final and the Russian Championship, focusing on preparations for the upcoming Olympic Games. In mid-January, the athlete took part in the European Championships in 2018.
Because of the lack of time, Evgenia could not conduct a full-fledged rehabilitation, as a result of which she had to fight with pain and during the performance at the Olympics. After returning from Korea, the pain in the foot intensified.
Based on the results of a medical examination conducted at the end of last week, the doctors concluded that in order to avoid possible surgical intervention, Medvedeva must strictly limit the high specific foot loads that occur when most jump elements are performed. Terms range from 4 to 8 weeks. When this condition is met, the Wife is allowed to continue training in the gym and on the ice.
Paying tribute to the courage and perseverance of this outstanding athlete, from the bottom of our heart we wish Evgenia a speedy recovery!
The third number of the Russian team in this discipline will be Stanislav Konstantinova, who, according to the results of the Russian championships in 2018, is the first reserve.
Italian Carolina Kostner is the surprise leader after the short program at figure skating worlds, topping a woman half her age, Olympic champion Alina Zagitova, by .76 of a point in Milan on Wednesday.
Kostner, 31, tallied a personal-best 80.27 as she eyes a second world title to join her 2012 crown. Kostner earned the 2014 Olympic bronze medal and was fifth in PyeongChang as the oldest woman in the field by more than six years.
She can become the oldest women’s world champion by more than four years if she hangs on in Friday’s free skate, according to reports when Maria Butyrskaya won at age 26 in 1999.
“If I think back 15 years ago, when I started skating internationally, nobody in Italy followed figure skating,” said Kostner, who could retire after worlds. “Now, there’s a venue full of people sharing this passion with me.”
Zagitova, 15 and trying to become the youngest world champion since Tara Lipinski in 1997, struggled on the back end of her triple-triple jump combination. Her score of 79.51 was 3.41 points lower than her world record at the Olympics.
“I felt, somehow, tight in my body,” Zagitova said through a translator. “I think it was nerves, but I don’t know why.
“I was more nervous here than at the Olympic Games.”
Zagitova, undefeated in her first senior international season, entered as the clear favorite with Olympic silver medalist and 2016 and 2017 World champion Evgenia Medvedeva withdrew from the event due to a right foot injury.