Winter Olympics: Golden comeback for Canadian skaters Moir and Virtue

Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue

Record-setting French skaters settle for silver

Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir conjured up a magical record breaking performance to win Olympic ice dance gold and become the most decorated Olympic skaters of all time on Tuesday.

Skating last to "Moulin Rouge", the pair embraced and grinned on the ice after their dynamic performance that had the audience roaring. The Canadian pair scored a record 206.07 points to beat training partners Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France. "If it is the end we are extremely pleased with that", said Moir.

It was the final competitive dance for the pair, who have been skating partners for more than 20 years and plan to retire from competition.

Almost 300 people filled the Ilderton Community Centre to watch Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue win gold.

Virtue and Moir also won gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics but settled for silver at the Sochi Games four years ago.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will be remembered for being the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history and for having the craziest amount of sexual chemistry ever seen on the ice.

Virtue and Moir's medal total broke a tie with Russia's Evgeni Plushenko and Sweden's Gillis Grafstrom for the most in Olympic figure skating, and their golden haul matched the record shared by Grafstrom, Sonja Henie of Norway and Irina Rodnina of the Soviet Union. Sure, he wanted to play hockey, but his older brother ice danced at the national level - with his cousin, to boot. "It inspired us a lot, but since then our career has really taken off".

Papadakis said Tuesday's performance had, made their Olympic debut special. Those are moments we will never forget. It was for each other, we skated with each other in mind the whole way and we skated with our hearts. The Shibutanis, whose heritage is Japanese, finished third with 192.59 points, to 187.69 for Hubbell and Donohue.


"I am very moved right now. Gabby and Guillaume are a good team, we knew it would be a fight right to the end".

"It feels like gold", Alex said.

Some may say this gold medal is redemption for the silver four years ago in Sochi. They contributed both the short and free dances of the team event to help the USA contingent to bronze. American Aaron Blunck was the top qualifier and, like Sharpe, will get to go last for all three runs.

For veterans Moir and Virtue, a gold would vindicate their comeback and help them cement their legacy as one of the greatest teams in the history of the sport. "We just can't wait to be fans". "We will do better in the rest of the matches".

When Canada's favourite ice dancers won gold on Tuesday afternoon local time, it was an emotional affair.

Alexander Bonsaken fired a wrist shot past Slovenia's Gasper Kroselj after the puck had popped out to him from a scrum in front of the net in the sudden-death period.

"She's a pretty fantastic person", Moir said in the post-skate press conference, at times resting an arm on Virtue's back, or touching a hand to her thigh. South Korea trails Finland 3-2 at the second intermission today after Brock Radunske and Jin Hui Ahn scored 2:03 apart in the second period - the fastest two goals for the team in the tournament.

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