Virtue and Moir Win Third World TitleApril 1, 2017 8:00pm
Local figure skaters can add one more title to their resumes – another world championship.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir collected their third world dance title Saturday at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki, Finland. It is the first world title for the pair since 2012, and came with a record point total of 198.62.
The pair had a five point lead following the short dance portion of the competition on Friday, though they faced a strong challenge from French pair Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, two-time defending world champions. Moir stumbled a little during Saturday’s free skate but still accumulated a high enough point total to win the title for himself and Virtue.
Papadakis and Cizeron collected the silver medal in the competition. American siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani won the bronze. Canadian pair Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Kitchener finished in fourth place.
The championship is the latest in a comeback season for Virtue and Moir, going through every competition since their return in February 2016 and winning each one. They had not competed following their silver-medal winning performance at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Virtue and Moir won the gold medal in ice dancing at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Moir, 29, of Ilderton and Virtue, 27, of are currently living and training in Montreal, where they are coached by husband-and-wife skaters Patrice Lauzon and Marie-France Debreuil. They are competing and training with the hope of medaling in next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.