TURIN, Italy - First an Olympic gold medal, now a world title for Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

Virtue and Moir scored 110.03 points for their elegant free dance to Gustav Mahler's "Symphony No. 5" at the world championships in Turin, Italy on Friday.

That gave them 224.43 points overall to finish ahead of Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White for the gold medal.

Virtue and Moir captured Canada's first Olympic ice dance title in Vancouver last month.

"We're so thrilled with our season," Virtue told CBC afterwards. "The two together, its a great payoff.

"We really peaked at the right time."

There has been talk that this might be the final season for the Canadians, but Moir said the two haven't yet discussed their future plans.

"Nobody gets out on top so we don't know yet," he said. "We haven't talked about that but secretly we're hoping to do another season.

"We'll have to sit down and look at all of our options. I'm not in the state of mind. It's always easy to say you want to skate again after you skate like that."

Davis and White were second with 223.03 points. Italians Federica Faiella and Massimo Scali finished third with 197.85.

It's the second medal for Canada at the world championship. Toronto's Patrick Chan was second in the men's singles event.

Virtue, from London, Ont., and Moir, from Ilderton, Ont., held a narrow lead over Davis and White, silver medallists at the Olympics, going into the free dance.

Virtue and Moir won silver at the 2008 world championships and bronze last year in Los Angeles.