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Australian ice dancers Danielle O Brien and Greg Merriman are undecided on their long-term future.
AP Australian ice dancers Danielle O'Brien and Greg Merriman are undecided on their long-term future.

Australian ice dancers Danielle O'Brien and Greg Merriman are still undecided on their long-term future after finishing 20th in the ice dance at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The pair scored 75.85 for their high-energy theatricality in Circus Medley at the Iceberg Skating Palace on Monday, boosting their overall tally to 128.53.

The Detroit-based pair will be going to the world championships in Japan in March, but things are up in the air after that.

"Australia's home, and I want to be home in the long run, so it's just a matter of deciding financially and physically what our best bet is," Merriman said.

O'Brien and Merriman made the cut for free dance with a season's best 52.68 in the short dance section on Sunday, which culled four couples from the 24-strong field.

Their performance was especially satisfying after missing out on qualifying for the 2010 Vancouver Games, when Merriman was hospitalised with pericarditis, an infection in the sac surrounding the heart.

Merriman was relatively satisfied with their program, which they've been working on for two years.

"We know it like the back of our hands - there've been days when the coaching team has told us not to practice it because they're sick of it."

He says there were a few mistakes - a few rough steps, a drop in speed - but technically, the program was pretty clean.

O'Brien was also pleased with their effort.

"I was having so much fun I didn't notice my legs hurt until I actually finished. And you rarely get to skate in arena where people are going nuts."

Gold went to medal went to Vancouver Olympic silver medallists Meryl Davis and Charlie White on 195.52, with defending champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada placed second on 190.99.