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They are the public faces of these world figure skating championships, but Thursday night, those faces consisted of flashing eyes, pasted-on smiles and gritted teeth.
The hometown Worlds of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir did not get off to much of a start, and the London-born Olympic champions’ quest for a third world title may have slipped away before they got to the two-minute mark of their short dance.
It was then that a synchronized twizzle sequence was anything but synchronized, the most glaring error of a program that left them 3.25 points behind their American training partners, Meryl Davis and Charlie White — 77.12 to 73.87 — in what amounts to a two-horse race. (Photo courtesy of Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

They are the public faces of these world figure skating championships, but Thursday night, those faces consisted of flashing eyes, pasted-on smiles and gritted teeth.

The hometown Worlds of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir did not get off to much of a start, and the London-born Olympic champions’ quest for a third world title may have slipped away before they got to the two-minute mark of their short dance.

It was then that a synchronized twizzle sequence was anything but synchronized, the most glaring error of a program that left them 3.25 points behind their American training partners, Meryl Davis and Charlie White — 77.12 to 73.87 — in what amounts to a two-horse race. (Photo courtesy of Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

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