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.