U.S. duo Madison Chock and Evan Bates win the first ice dancing world championship.

At the world figure skating championships on Saturday, Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the United States won their first ice dance crown.

Chock and Bates won the free dance at Saitama Super Arena with 134.07 points for a total of 226.1, coming in first after the rhythm dance.

Grand Prix Final Champions Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Canada came in third with 217.88 points, followed by the defending European champions Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri of Italy with 219.85.

We've been working toward this objective for years, Bates added. "It was simultaneously thrilling and demanding.

I am aware of how very competitive the ice dance world is. For so many years, we have faced off against all of these teams. Really, all we wanted to do was skate as well as we could."

The three-time Four Continents champions Chock and Bates have been married for 12 years.

They earned the bronze medal in Boston in 2016, the silver medal at the world championships held in Beijing in 2015, and the bronze medal in Montpellier, France, in 2017.

They also participated in six Grand Prix Finals and took home four medals, all of which were silver.

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