Everything We Know about Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s Relationship

Everything We Know about Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir\'s Relationship
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nGANGNEUNG, South Korea — If you’re leaving Pyeongchang on Tuesday morning, check out the folks sitting next to you.

The way the figure skating program is set up, there is a long break between the team competition and the ice dance and women’s competitions. The pairs program begins Wednesday, and the men take the ice for their individual event Friday, but the rest are off until next week.

As a result, most of the ice dancers and women from powerhouse countries such as Canada left the craziness of the Olympic sphere Tuesday for calmer surroundings. In their case, dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and the women’s contingent of Kaetlyn Osmond, Gabrielle Daleman and Larkyn Austman were headed back to Seoul for a few days of work in an out-of-the-way rink.

Virtue and Moir, along with Osmond and Daleman, were instrumental in the Canadians’ winning gold in the team event. The Olympic Athletes from Russia took silver, and the U.S. won bronze.

“We’ll be going to our training site outside of the Olympic structure, so to speak, and we’ll be able to take our experience of competing in this team event to our advantage,” said Moir, who along with Virtue is aiming for a fifth Olympic medal. “It’s a huge advantage that we’ve been out there.”

Japanese sensation Yuzuru Hanyu, who is bidding to become the first back-to-back gold medalist since Dick Button in 1952, was greeted by a mob at Incheon International Airport on Monday night. One of his biggest rivals, Javier Fernandez of Spain, took the ice for the first time Tuesday morning.

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Mirai Nagasu became only the third woman and first American to land a triple axel in Olympic competition, helping the U.S. secure its bronze. Now she’s headed to a secret location outside the host city of Gangneung with teammates Karen Chen and Bradie Tennell to keep the jump sharp.

They’ll be joined there by three ice dance teams that are podium contenders: siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani, who also skated in the team event; Madison Chock and Evan Bates; and national champs Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue, who have been skating the best of their careers.

Why not spend the entire time soaking up the Olympic experience? Besides the pressure, there is a more practical consideration: ice time. The venue for figure skating doubles as the facility for short-track speedskating, so there are limited opportunities for teams to practice.

On the flip side, some of the men competing this week have just arrived.

They’ll be joined there by three ice dance teams that are podium contenders: siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani, who also skated in the team event; Madison Chock and Evan Bates; and national champs Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue, who have been skating the best of their careers.

Japanese sensation Yuzuru Hanyu, who is bidding to become the first back-to-back gold medalist since Dick Button in 1952, was greeted by a mob at Incheon International Airport on Monday night. One of his biggest rivals, Javier Fernandez of Spain, took the ice for the first time Tuesday morning.

The way the figure skating program is set up, there is a long break between the team competition and the ice dance and women’s competitions. The pairs program begins Wednesday and the men take the ice for their individual event Friday, but the rest are off until next week.

Why not spend the entire time soaking up the Olympic experience? Besides the pressure, there is a more practical consideration: ice time. The venue for figure skating doubles as the facility for short-track speedskating, so there are limited opportunities for teams to practice.

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Sometimes, that entails waking up at 5 a.m. to be ready for 6:30 a.m. practices. Or it means heading back to the rink after dinner for a late-night session at odds with the morning competitions.

“We’ll be able to get a lot more practice time,” Alex Shibutani said of the Americans’ choice to train elsewhere the next few days. “We’ll be able to relax a little bit before coming back here next week and getting ready for our individual event.”

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The Russian athletes, including medal favorites Evgenia Medvedeva and Alina Zagitova, are flying to the coastal Japanese city of Niigata to fine-tune their programs. Likewise, the Japanese women and ice dancers are heading home for a few days before returning to the Korean peninsula to compete.

Virtue and Moir, along with Osmond and Daleman, were instrumental in the Canadians winning gold in the team event. The Olympic Athletes from Russia took silver and the U.S. won bronze.

“Nothing is proven yet,” Zagitova said. “I still need to skate well in the individual event. I need to psychologically stay calm so that I can go out like any other competition.”

“Nothing is proven yet,” Zagitova said. “I still need to skate well in the individual event. I need to psychologically stay calm so that I can go out like any other competition.”

As it turns out, leaving the Olympic atmosphere is a popular way to do that.

If you’re leaving Pyeongchang on Tuesday morning, check out the folks sitting next to you.
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Not adjectives usually found in the sports section of a newspaper. Which is of course why ice dancing has been frequently ridiculed for being as much sport as Cirque de Soleil or the Bolshoi Ballet.

“Obviously the skaters in generations before us didn’t have the opportunity to win multiple medals at an Olympic Games,” Moir said. “We recognize that. But what we do realize — and I think I learned this from Evgeni Plushenko actually — is a lot of things have to go right. You have to be pretty fortunate to do multiple games and have a shot at medals. When I look at that, I just think of how fortunate we’ve been to compete on the world’s best scale.”

Or, the way Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir un-spooled their Moulin Rouge free dance program on Saturday, a bit of adult entertainment and is it warm in here?

The women’s free skate was top scale — and historic — for the Americans. Nagasu, whose career hit several roadblocks since finishing fourth at the 2010 Olympics — she was bumped from the 2014 U.S. team in favor of Ashley Wagner — had the performance of her life. Not only did her teammates rise in applause, so did skaters from other nations, and not simply because she landed the triple axel so few women even attempt.
Q&#x0026A: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir on their careers and chemistry
Q&#x0026A: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir on their careers and chemistry

Not X-rated or anything but, especially in one dynamic lift where Virtue wraps her long limbs around Moir’s neck and leans backwards, so hot-hot-hot that The Canadian Press was leery of moving photos which captured the pose.

“I don’t know if you could tell — it was more something I could feel — but to nail it the way I did, even out of the corner of my eye I could see my teammates standing out of excitement,” Nagasu said. “And at that moment I wanted to stop the music and get off, but I still had my whole program ahead of me, and to complete the performance to the best of my ability is really exciting.”

“Porno?” mused Moir when the suggestion was put to him, after the magnificent duo captured their eighth national title here, breaking their own Canadian marks record by six points. Of course, record scores from national championships don’t count for a hill of beans in the international annals, the assumption that home-country judges will plump up their athletes leading into a Worlds or an Olympics.

Virtue and Moir, with a free skate score of 124.70 and combined score of 209.82, were not plumped.

But they did sizzle with the twizzle and the other per-the-rules dance elements of shoulder-level lifts, synchronicity, spins, step sequences and draping.

Zagitova, the rising star from Russia and current European champion, topped Nagasu’s score by 20 points. The 15-year-old stamped herself as the main challenger to countrywoman Evgenia Medvedeva for the gold in the individual event with a brilliant combination of jumps, spins, artistry and overall presence.

“I think edgy would probably summarize most of the program quite well and that’s what we were going for,” explained Virtue, the gorgeous 28-year-old from London, Ont., gold-anointed with Moir at the Vancouver Olympics, covetously eyeing another one of those in Pyeongchang.

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A tad raunchy, though? They’ve certainly nudged in that risque direction in recent years with torrid programs such as Carmen, no longer the sweet and demure duo from their Umbrellas of Cherbourg era.

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“We knew that taking the ice at an Olympic Games again meant that we needed to have a different style,” Virtue continued. “We wanted to make a bit of a different statement. If that was bringing an edge or sexuality or darkness, or a contemporary feel to it, then mission accomplished I guess.”

Virtue and Moir heating up for the Olympics
Virtue and Moir heating up for the Olympics

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We have watched this couple grow and mature, from making a smashing debut at the world championships to copping Olympic gold on home-country ice, and then the disappointment of silver in Sochi and a two-year competitive hiatus.

Virtue and Moir heating up for the Olympics
Virtue and Moir heating up for the Olympics

In South Korea, Virtue and Moir, 30, will have their hands full with friendly rivals Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France, also training mates in Montreal, who beat the Canadians at the Grand Prix final last year. They’ll be joined by silver medallists Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier, and by Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, who rallied from a devastating error in Friday’s short dance to claim bronze Saturday.

Adam Rippon, replacing U.S. champ Nathan Chen, skated a fluid and at times mesmerizing routine, but his marks were damaged by inconsistencies with his jumps, including omitting a planned quad lutz.

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With their team gold medal assured, Virtue and Moir tied the record for most Olympic medals won by figure skaters. Evgeni Plushenko and Gillis Grafstrom also won four apiece.

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But they won’t pass this Canadians way again. Which is why there was also a wistful undertone to the performance here.

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“This was a big moment for Tessa and I,” said Moir, who kind of cocked up the sentimentality by tripping on his way from centre-ice bows to the kiss ’n’ cry.

“We don’t feel like we will back on this stage again so we wanted to make sure we had a good performance. And what great preparation for the Olympic Games because it’s a similar feeling when you have so much pressure.”

Standing ovations are commonplace now for this tandem. This one, at the Thunderbird Sports Centre, was extra-poignant. And that was validation, too, for the changes Virtue and Moir have made to the Moulin Rouge program since the Grand Prix final.

Just before Daleman’s clincher, Patrick Chan won the men’s free skate against a weakened field, and with a mediocre performance.

“We were trying to feel the program instead of approaching it so technically,” said Virtue. “Most of the season we were trying to squeeze every point out. Sometimes that can be all-consuming when you’re thinking about each turn. We have to get out of our heads a little bit and allow the program the freedom to simply just enjoy.

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“Right from the beginning, (this program) was one that we fought for. Even still, after this long of training, we still connect with the music and it still ignites something in us like nothing else.”

The routine is laden with speed and ingenious lifts. And steam verily rises off it.

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The final movement has been altered, more of a celebratory tableau than the original dying swoon. “Of course, my character dies and that was the original ending we’d gone with, sort of faltering to this dramatic death. This is a little bit, perhaps, more triumphant in a way. . . because our love story gets to linger a little bit longer, with more depth to it. But there’s still some sort of heartbreak in the end and there’s still some desperation. We’re clinging on to something.”

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Not adjectives usually found in the sports section of a newspaper. Which is of course why ice dancing has been frequently ridiculed for being as much sport as Cirque de Soleil or the Bolshoi Ballet.

Or, the way Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir un-spooled their Moulin Rouge free dance program on Saturday, a bit of adult entertainment and is it warm in here?

Not X-rated or anything but, especially in one dynamic lift where Virtue wraps her long limbs around Moir’s neck and leans backwards, so hot-hot-hot that The Canadian Press was leery of moving photos which captured the pose.

“Porno?” mused Moir when the suggestion was put to him, after the magnificent duo captured their eighth national title here, breaking their own Canadian marks record by six points. Of course, record scores from national championships don’t count for a hill of beans in the international annals, the assumption that home-country judges will plump up their athletes leading into a Worlds or an Olympics.

Virtue and Moir, with a free skate score of 124.70 and combined score of 209.82, were not plumped.

But they did sizzle with the twizzle and the other per-the-rules dance elements of shoulder-level lifts, synchronicity, spins, step sequences and draping.

“I think edgy would probably summarize most of the program quite well and that’s what we were going for,” explained Virtue, the gorgeous 28-year-old from London, Ont., gold-anointed with Moir at the Vancouver Olympics, covetously eyeing another one of those in Pyeongchang.

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A tad raunchy, though? They’ve certainly nudged in that risque direction in recent years with torrid programs such as Carmen, no longer the sweet and demure duo from their Umbrellas of Cherbourg era.

“We knew that taking the ice at an Olympic Games again meant that we needed to have a different style,” Virtue continued. “We wanted to make a bit of a different statement. If that was bringing an edge or sexuality or darkness, or a contemporary feel to it, then mission accomplished I guess.”

We have watched this couple grow and mature, from making a smashing debut at the world championships to copping Olympic gold on home-country ice, and then the disappointment of silver in Sochi and a two-year competitive hiatus.

In South Korea, Virtue and Moir, 30, will have their hands full with friendly rivals Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France, also training mates in Montreal, who beat the Canadians at the Grand Prix final last year. They’ll be joined by silver medallists Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier, and by Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, who rallied from a devastating error in Friday’s short dance to claim bronze Saturday.

Ice dancing, which wasn’t even allowed on the Olympic menu until 1976, isn’t the gauche skating cousin anymore, more show-tour review than, you know, sports.

Virtue and More will take their place in the panoply of ice dance luminaries no matter what unfolds in Pyeongchang. And they’ll do it, through this final phase of their competitive career, on their own avant garde terms.

But they won’t pass this Canadians way again. Which is why there was also a wistful undertone to the performance here.

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“This was a big moment for Tessa and I,” said Moir, who kind of cocked up the sentimentality by tripping on his way from centre-ice bows to the kiss ’n’ cry.

“We don’t feel like we will back on this stage again so we wanted to make sure we had a good performance. And what great preparation for the Olympic Games because it’s a similar feeling when you have so much pressure.”

Standing ovations are commonplace now for this tandem. This one, at the Thunderbird Sports Centre, was extra-poignant. And that was validation, too, for the changes Virtue and Moir have made to the Moulin Rouge program since the Grand Prix final.

“We were trying to feel the program instead of approaching it so technically,” said Virtue. “Most of the season we were trying to squeeze every point out. Sometimes that can be all-consuming when you’re thinking about each turn. We have to get out of our heads a little bit and allow the program the freedom to simply just enjoy.

“Right from the beginning, (this program) was one that we fought for. Even still, after this long of training, we still connect with the music and it still ignites something in us like nothing else.”

The routine is laden with speed and ingenious lifts. And steam verily rises off it.

The final movement has been altered, more of a celebratory tableau than the original dying swoon. “Of course, my character dies and that was the original ending we’d gone with, sort of faltering to this dramatic death. This is a little bit, perhaps, more triumphant in a way. . . because our love story gets to linger a little bit longer, with more depth to it. But there’s still some sort of heartbreak in the end and there’s still some desperation. We’re clinging on to something.”


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