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Tessa Virtue

Tessa Virtue
  • Born: 05/17/1989
  • Age: 25
  • Height: 165cm
  • Birthplace: London, Ontario
  • Hometown: London, Ontario

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Tessa Virtue and partner Scott Moir 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.

More about Tessa Virtue

The Road to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Tessa Virtue and Scott 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, Tessa 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. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won their second world championship gold in 2012 before falling to silver in 2013.

Virtue and 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 Tessa Virtue

Getting into sport: Started skating at age six because she didn’t want to be the only one in her class who couldn’t skate during a field trip… First teamed with Moir by Moir’s 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: Has trained in ballet and modern dance… At age nine attended the National Ballet summer school before choosing to focus on skating… Has a love of fashion and is often involved in costume design… Majoring in psychology at the University of Windsor… Enjoys golfing… Supports the Thames Valley Children’s Centre, Special Olympics and the Humane Society… Odds and Ends: Had her story published in the book Tessa & Scott: Our Journey from Childhood Dream to Gold after their Olympic triumph… One of her favourite Olympic memories is watching the Canadian team walk into the Salt Lake City 2002 Opening Ceremony… Has two special items that belonged to her grandmother that are always with her when she competes…

Career Highlights

2010 Olympic Champion… 2014 Double Olympic Silver Medallist (ice dance and team event)... 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

Olympic Highlights

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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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