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Canadian ice dancers question their coach's allegiance

Like bruises from falls and cuts from blades, split loyalties come with the icy territory in figure skating.

Canadian ice dance silver medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir on Tuesday bemoaned the split allegiance of coach Marina Zoueva, who also works with American gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Virtue and Moir have been longtime students of Zoueva's, as have Davis and White.

"We sometimes felt like (Zoueva) wasn't in our corner," Moir said, more in the way of stating a fact as he and Virtue perceived it than as a complaint. "We had some odd things happen this year that hadn't happened before. For the first time, she wasn't there."

He mentioned Zoueva not being at the Canadian championships this year. That event coincided with U.S. nationals, which Zoueva did attend. Each couple won its national title.

"We expected Marina to be on our team and work with us like in Vancouver," Moir said.

Zoueva, among the world's top ice dance coaches, did not respond to messages from the Associated Press.

Short track: South Korea won the women's 3,000-meter relay, passing China on the last lap to take the lead. Four years ago in Vancouver, B.C., the South Koreans finished first, but were disqualified and China got the gold.

This time the Chinese team finished second but was disqualified by the referees. Paul Marchese, an American working as an assistant coach for China, said the referee indicated Zhou Yang was too close to the track while not racing and may have impeded another skater.

China's penalty allowed Canada to take the silver and Italy the bronze.

In the men's 500, Viktor Ahn of Russia easily advanced to the quarterfinals, putting him in position to become the first skater to win an Olympic gold medal in all four individual short-track events. In the biggest surprise, Charles Hamelin of Canada was leading on the last lap of his heat when he crashed into the pads. J.R. Celski of Federal Way, Wash., was the lone American to advance.

Women's giant slalom: Slovenia's Tina Maze battled rain and snow to win her second Alpine gold medal of the games. American teen Mikaela Shiffrin placed fifth in her Olympic debut, missing a medal by just 0.23 seconds.

Combined large hill: Joergen Graabak broke away from a five-man group with about 100 meters left in the cross-country race to give Norway a one-two finish. In steady rain, Graabak finished six-tenths of a second ahead of Magnus Moan. Fabian Riessle of Germany took bronze.

Defending gold medalist Billy Demong of Park City, Utah, was 31st, 2:13.8 behind.

Men's 15K mass start biathlon: Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen edged French rival Martin Fourcade by the length of a ski tip to win the Games' last individual biathlon gold.

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