Virtue and Moir Win 8th and Final National TitleJanuary 13, 2018 8:48pm
Eight is enough for Canada’s most-decorated ice dancing pair.
London-area natives Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir picked up their eighth Canadian ice dancing title when they won the gold medal at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships in Vancouver Saturday.
This national title is the last for Virtue and Moir as they press on through their final round of competitive skating before retiring.
It also officially puts them back on the Canadian figure skating team at next month’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. They took the gold medal at the 2010 Games in Vancouver and won silver four years ago in Sochi, Russia.
Virtue and Moir will be joined in South Korea by Andrew Poje and Kaitlyn Weaver, who took silver at the Canadian nationals, and bronze winners Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier.
Moir, 30, grew up in Ilderton while Virtue, 28, is from London. The two have been skating together on the senior circuit since the 2004-05 season. They took two years off after the Sochi Olympics and returned to competition by winning Skate Canada International in 2016. Since then they put together a blistering hot streak, winning at every major championship before narrowly losing at last month’s Grand Prix of Figure Skating to their training partners, French pair Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron.
Virtue and Moir train in Montreal and are coached by the French husband-and-wife team of Patrice Lauzon and Marie-France Debreuil, as well as French coach and choreographer Romain Haguenauer.