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Scott Moir
  • Born: 09/02/1987
  • Age: 28
  • Height: 172cm
  • Weight: 75kg
  • Birthplace: London, Ontario
  • Hometown: Ilderton, Ontario

Scott Moir’s Quest for Olympic Figure Skating Gold

2013_05_12_HDSHOT_S_Moir-2_1340pxScott Moir and partner Tessa Virtue produced one of the most memorable moments of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games when they captured gold in front of the supportive home crowd, becoming the first North American ice dancers to be crowned Olympic champions.

They added to their resumé at Sochi 2014, becoming the first Canadian figure skaters to win three career Olympic medals thanks to silvers in both the ice dance event and the inaugural team event.

On January 11, 2014 the duo won their sixth ice dance title at the Canadian National Skating Championships and scored a Canadian championship record of 194.03.

The Road to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Virtue and Moir enjoyed early international success. After winning the world junior title in 2006, they won their first senior world championship medal; silver, just two years later. Their momentum was slowed in the fall of 2008 when Virtue underwent surgery on both shins, causing them to miss the first half of the season, but they returned to win bronze at the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships.

Thanks to their early season results, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir went to Vancouver 2010 as gold medal contenders, but what no one knew was that Virtue was still fighting through leg pain that made even a short walk a struggle. The duo began their Olympic competition with a second place finish in the compulsory dance, but brought the house down with their Flamenco-inspired original dance.

At the ages of 20 and 22, they became the youngest ice dance team to ever win Olympic gold with their stirring free skate to Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. One month later they won their first world figure skating title.

In the fall of 2010, Virtue underwent a second surgery to relieve pressure on her calves. In their only full competition of the season, they won silver at the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships behind American training mates Meryl Davis and Charlie White. As they had since finishing 1-2 at Vancouver 2010, those two couples spent the next two seasons battling for the top of the podium. Virtue and Moir won their second world championship gold in 2012 before falling to silver in 2013.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have earned high praise from many in the figure skating community, including other skaters, coaches and commentators. They are recognized for their difficult and innovative lifts, exquisite lines and tidy footwork as well as their incredible chemistry as they push themselves and their sport forward both technically and artistically.

A Brief History of Scott Moir

Getting into sport: Started skating at age three because he was always at the rink with his mother… At first wanted to skate faster for hockey but says he then found the pretty girls… First teamed with Virtue by his aunt Carol when she was seven and he was nine… At the beginning, the two were so shy that they didn’t talk to each other while skating… Outside Interests: Avid hockey fan, especially of the Toronto Maple Leafs… Follows every sport he can… Enjoys playing hockey and golf… Supports the Thames Valley Children’s Centre… Odds and Ends: Had his story published in the book Tessa & Scott: Our Journey from Childhood Dream to Gold after their Olympic triumph… Knew he wanted to be an Olympian while watching triathlete Simon Whitfield win gold at Sydney 2000… Favourite Olympic memory is being in the arena when Sidney Crosby scored the gold medal-winning goal for Team Canada at Vancouver 2010… Has been inspired by many great Canadian skaters, but most recently by teammate Patrick Chan… Motto: Life is a garden. Dig it!

Career Highlights

2010 Olympic Champion… 2014 Double Olympic Silver Medallist... 2010 and 2012 World Champion… 2011 and 2013 World Silver Medallist… 2008 and 2012 Four Continents Champion… Six-Time Canadian Champion (2008-10, 2012-14)…

Notable International Results

ISU World Championships: 2013 – SILVER; 2012 – GOLD; 2011 – SILVER; 2010 – GOLD; 2009 – BRONZE; 2008 – SILVER; 2007 – 6th

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2010 VancouverOlympic Winter GamesFigure SkatingIce Dance - Mixed - Gold
2014 SochiOlympic Winter GamesFigure SkatingIce Dance - Mixed - Silver
2014 SochiOlympic Winter GamesFigure SkatingTeam - Mixed - Silver
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