Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States wave to fans after competing in the free dance. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Michigan natives Meryl Davis and Charlie White became the first Americans to win an Olympic ice dancing gold medal Monday with a near-flawless performance that expanded on the lead they established in Sunday’s short dance. Davis and White, the silver medalists in Vancouver, finished with a score of 116.63 in the long program.

Defending Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir staged an elegant free skate, full of grace and power, to stake their claim on gold at the 2014 Sochi Games.

The Canadians were in second, 2.56 points behind Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White, entering Monday’s finale of the ice dance competition.

Judges awarded them 114.66 points for the free skate—more than a full two points above their season’s best. That put them within striking distance of catching the Americans, the silver medalists at the 2010 Olympics, who will skate last.