Inside Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s quest for Olympic perfection

There is no simple summing up of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

They have long been more than their medals, their scores, their signature lifts. Over two decades, they became Canada’s longest-lasting ice dance couple and the most decorated.

Pyeongchang 2018 logo.

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And then they complicated matters by basically remaking themselves for this comeback, injecting ice dance with an ever more obvious athleticism that acts as a powerful complement to the discipline’s artsy side. And they took what they learned about showmanship while on tour during their post-Sochi hiatus and blended that into their programs.

“I would say they’re probably one of the most innovative teams that has been in dance in a long time, you know,” Skate Canada high performance director Mike Slipchuk said. “They weren’t doing the same lifts every year. They were working on a unique move. That’s them pushing the dance envelope and pushing themselves.

“They’ve done so many different styles of programs,” he continued. “Everything from the classical free dance to Pink Floyd. To Gene Kelly. To Carmen. That is what’s special about them. They can go out and try different genres and really bring them to life and not a lot of athletes can do that in any discipline.

“If you look at their stamp on skating, the results speak for themselves. But everyone will have a favourite program of theirs and a lot of different ones. That’s a testament to what they’ve done.”

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir celebrate Canada’s figure skating team event gold medal.

Virtue and Moir compete in the team event on Feb. 12, 2018.

The results sheets show gold at the Vancouver Olympics, silver in Sochi, three world titles, a Grand Prix final win, eight national titles. The results are loud and clear. Virtue and Moir are much less boisterous, particularly on the topic of their sporting legacy. They aren’t overly focused on it either, even this close to what should be their final Olympics.

“I don’t know about our mark on figure skating. Maybe I will when I’m an old and wise man,” said Moir, who is plenty savvy at age 30.

“It’s so hard to size up your own career. That’s already a bigger compliment than I would give ourselves,” he said, when it was suggested they changed their discipline for the better.

“But we always say we’d like to be remembered …read more

Source:: Nationalpost

      

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