The U.S. pair Meryl Davis and Charlie White claimed their fourth-successive ISU Grand Prix (GP) Finals ice dance title on Saturday in Russian resort city of Sochi.
Performing to the "Notre Dame de Paris", Davis and White skated a turbulent and passionate free dance, scoring a season-best of 183.39 points to clinch the gold medal.
"It was one of those skates that we really had to fight through," Davis said, adding that "it is times like that when you feel you've grown the most".
The Canadian Olympic champion pair of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the silver medal with 179.83 points, nearly two points behind the winner.
Moir admitted that they felt pressure at the finals. "You get nervous all the time, especially when you come into such a concentrated event as GP Finals early in the season," he said.
France's Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat finished on the finals podium for the fourth time with gathering 170.18 poingts, taking the bronze.
The 2012-13 ISU GP Finals, slated from Friday to Sunday, was held in the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi, which will host figure skating in the 2014 Winter Olympics.