Figure Skating - Davis and White win back Four Continents title in Osaka

Meryl Davis and Charlie White stripped Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of their Four Continents Figure Skating Championship title in Osaka as the fierce rivalry between the ice dancers continued.

Virtue and Moir, the reigning Olympic, World and Four Continents champions, held a narrow lead over the American duo after the short dance, which opened the event in Japan.

The Canadian pairing took just a 0.44point advantage into the free dance and it didn't prove to be enough as Davis and White outperformed them to win back the Four Continents title.

Davis and White, who won the Four Continents in 2011 and 2009, produced a free dance personal best of 112.68 points to promote themselves into first place while Virtue and Moir scored 109.20.

Virtue and Moir scored 184.32 in total as they surrendered to Davis and White, who finished second to the Canadians at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics as well last year’s worlds and Four Continents.

Davis and White, who have beaten Virtue and Moir into gold at the last two Grand Prix Finals, placed first with 187.36 in total while teammates Madison Chock and Evan Bates held onto third.

Chock and Bates placed third after the short dance, and despite producing just the fifth best score of the free dance, their total of 160.42 was just enough to edge out Maia and Alex Shibutani.