Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir
Tessa Virtue, figure skater (born 17 May 1989 in London, ON) and Scott Moir, figure skater (born 2 September 1987 in London, ON). Together, Virtue and Moir formed the most successful Canadian ice dance pairs team in the early 21st century, and were the first North Americans to win the Olympic Gold Medal for ice dance at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.
Tessa Virtue, figure skater (born 17 May 1989 in London, ON) and Scott Moir, figure skater (born 2 September 1987 in London, ON). Together, Virtue and Moir formed the most successful Canadian ice dance pairs team in the early 21st century, and were the first North Americans to win the Olympic Gold Medal for ice dance at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. They have won three world championships (two senior and one junior), two Four Continents championships, six Canadian championships (five senior and one junior), and five Skate Canada International titles.
Virtue, who was born in London, ON, was initially interested in pursuing ballet and modern dance, but began skating at an early age through the Can Skate lesson program. Moir, who was born in nearby Ilderton, ON, came from a skating family and was coached by his aunt, Carol Moir.
Initially, Virtue and Moir skated individually at the same club, but became more familiar with each other during the summer skate camps held at the Ilderton arena. Carol Moir was looking for a new partner for Scott, and noted that Virtue was the right size and skill level. The pair were soon skating together almost exclusively during group dance training sessions.
Virtue and Moir officially began competing as partners in 1998, when they entered a Western Ontario invitational competition. In the summer of 1998, the pair began travelling to Kitchener-Waterloo, ON, for additional training with coach Paul MacIntosh and his assistant, Suzanne Killing. They competed in the provincial finals in Woodstock, ON, in January 1999, where they celebrated their first of many victories together.
National and International Competition
By the end of the 2001–2 training year, the pair knew they needed to increase their training schedule and decided to move to Kitchener-Waterloo. Over the next few years they skated at home and abroad, competing as juniors in Skate Slovakia, Tomorrow's Champions, the North American Challenge, and the Croatia Cup. In 2004, the pair won first place at the Junior Nationals in Edmonton, AB, and competed in the Junior Worlds in The Hague. Shortly after, Virtue and Moir began training in Canton, Michigan, with Marina Zouveva and Igor Shpilband.
The pair continued to compete as juniors on the international stage in 2004 and 2005, and in 2006 became the first Canadian ice dancers to win the World Junior title.
In the summer of 2007, Virtue began to feel cramps and pain in her shins. Despite the pain, she and Moir continued to train, and competed in the senior category at national and international events. In 2008, they finished second at the world championships, and first at the Canadian and Four Continents championships. Later that year, however, Virtue tested positive for chronic exertional compartment syndrome and in October 2008, she had surgery on both of her shins to try to alleviate the pain.
When the pair regrouped in early 2009, Virtue was still in pain, and they could only practice small portions of their programs rather than full run-throughs. Despite this, they won first place at the Canadian nationals and the Trophee Eric Bompard, second at the Four Continents, and third at the Worlds. The next year, Virtue and Moir won the 2010 Canadian championship in preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
2010 Olympic Winter Games
All eyes were on Virtue and Moir when they competed at the Pacific Coliseum on 22 February 2010. Due to pain in Virtue’s legs, the pair could not complete a full run-through of their program. Nevertheless, Virtue and Moir were victorious. Their free dance program, which featured a challenging lift the pair developed called "The Goose," was awarded a score of 110.42 points, including four perfect tens, the highest of the pair's career. Virtue and Moir became the first and youngest North Americans to win the Olympic gold medal in ice dance. The pair followed their Olympic victory by taking first place at the world championships that same year.
Competitions Since 2010
In October 2010, Virtue underwent surgery for the second time and as a result the pair had to withdraw from the 2011 Canadian Championships and Skate Canada. However, they soon began training again and took second place at the 2011 World Championships. Although the pain in Virtue’s calves and shins returned, she and her surgeon decided to forgo another surgery and instead try alternative methods, including an increase in Virtue’s off-ice work outs. This approach was successful, and she and Moir won gold at the Canadian, Four Continents, and World Figure Skating Championships in 2012.
In 2013, Virtue and Moir won their fifth Canadian (senior) championship and fifth Skate Canada International title, as well as their second Finlandia Trophy and fourth Trophee Bompard. They also placed second in the Four Continents competition, the world championships, and the Grand Prix Final, where they lost narrowly to their training partners, Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White. The American pair were generally considered Virtue and Moir’s biggest rivals leading into the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, where the Canadians would defend their Olympic title.
|Olympic Winter Games||Gold (2010)|
|World Championships, Senior||
Gold (2012, 2010)
Silver (2013, 2011, 2008)
|World Championships, Junior||
|Grand Prix Final||Silver (2013, 2012, 2011, 2009)|
Grand Prix Events:
Skate Canada International
First Place (2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2007)
First Place (2013, 2011, 2009, 2006)
|National Championships, Senior||
Gold (2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008)
|National Championships, Junior||Gold (2004)|
Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, and Steve Milton. Tessa & Scott: Our Journey from Childhood Dream to Gold (2010).