Virtue, Moir ‘stepping away’ from figure skating

Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue arrive at the London International Airport, February 26, 2018. Photo by Scott Kitching.

After 22 years on the ice, Canadian figure skating legends Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have announced they will be stepping away from the sport following their upcoming tour.

The Olympic gold medalists delivered the news in an emotional video posted to Twitter late Tuesday night.

“It just feels for us like it is the right time to say goodbye, while we are still loving and enjoying the sport,” Moir said in the two minute and twenty-second video.

The pair stated they weren’t sure how to break the news to their fans, so they went to where they are “most comfortable” to film the video — an ice rink.

Virtue, 30, and Moir, 32, are the most decorated ice dancers in Olympic history. They won gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, a pair of silver medals at the 2014 games, and captured two more golds at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang.

“People showed up, they supported us year-after-year, over a 22-year career and we feel like the most fortunate kids in Canada,” said Moir.

The ice dancing duo thanked their fans for their “unwavering” support over the past two decades and reassured that they are leaving Canada in “good hands.”

“The next generate of skaters is going to blaze new trails, break all of our records and we can’t wait to cheer them on,” said Virtue.

Virtue and Moir have one more tour before they hang up their skates though. They are slated to perform in the Rock the Rink tour, which begins next month in Abbotsford, BC. The tour comes to London’s Budweiser Garden’s on October 30.