LONDON, Ont. - Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have fallen short in their quest for a second consecutive world ice dance title.
The Olympic gold medallists brought the hometown crowd to its feet with their near-flawless sultry "Carmen" program.
But the three-point deficit they took into Saturday's free dance after a shaky short program two nights earlier was too much to make up.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S. claimed the gold with 189.56 points.
Virtue, from London, Ont., and Moir, from Ilderton, Ont., took the silver with 185.04.
Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev of Russia won the bronze with a score of 169.19.
Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje were fifth.
The dance duo from Waterloo, Ont., competed three months after Weaver broke her fibula when she crashed into the boards in training.
This was likely the final world championship appearance for Virtue and Moir, who are expected to cap their career at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.