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Maggie Hendricks

No medal, but Belbin and Agosto have special place in ice dancing

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In interviews after they took fourth place, American ice dancers Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto were coy about the talk of retirement, but Belbin left hints on her Twitter page.

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Belbin is 25 and Agosto is 28, both over the hill in the youth-dominated sport of ice dancing. It would be unlikely for them to hold on for Sochi in 2014.

If they do retire, they've already cemented their place in the world of ice dancing. In a sport that was long dominated by Europeans, they broke through to win silver in Turin, just as their rivals Meryl Davis and Charlie White did Monday night.

Without their rivalry, Davis and White and gold medal winners Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (and Davis and White training partners) might not have been pushed to the top of the podium. For that, the next generation of North American ice dancers owe a big thank you to Belbin and Agosto.

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