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Vancouver Games Top 10 – #6

#6 Tessa and Scott win Ice Dance Gold

The Olympics are filled with unforgettable moments. Stories of teamwork, sportsmanship and triumph flood the news and capture our attention. The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games were no different. From the Opening Ceremony to the golden goal, the home Olympics were filled with some amazing moments. As the 10th anniversary of Vancouver 2010 approaches, we will be reliving the top 10 moments of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics through our eyes. This is #6.

Team Canada Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir Vancouver 2010

Ice dance gold medalists, Team Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, celebrate after receiving their medals during victory ceremonies Monday February 22, 2010 at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Watching elite athletes perform at their peak is incredible. Seeing someone push themselves to the limit while battling other competitors is part of the appeal of the Olympic Games. But few sports combine athleticism and artistry as well and as beautifully as Ice Dance.

In Vancouver 2010, two young, fresh faced Canadians took to the ice. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, 20 and 22 years old respectively, were prepared to execute each of their three performances in front of their home crowd.

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Going up against their friends and training mates Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Tessa and Scott had their work cut out for them. There was even more pressure knowing that Russian teams have won six of nine ice dance gold medals since it became an Olympic sport in 1976, and no North American team had ever won.

On the night of the free dance, Tessa and Scott were leading, Meryl and Charlie close behind.

Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir performing their free dance during the ice dance figure skating competition at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip,File)

Until the music started.

Until they gracefully sped across the ice, weaving around each other.

Until Tessa and Scott captivated the crowd at the Pacific Colosseum, in Canada and around the world.

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They created a moment. For four minutes, the world was captivated by two young ice dancers from Canada.

They waited for judging, but at that point it seemed inevitable. As their scores were announced, history was written. They had won Ice Dance Gold. The first North American team to ever do it.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (Vancouver 2010)

It’s hard to believe 10 years have passed since Tessa and Scott first skated their way into the hearts of Canadians. Since then, they have won an additional four Olympic medals, 2 silver and 2 gold, but the first one on home soil will always be special. That’s why we want to celebrate the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games on its 10th anniversary.

Stay tuned for more information on how you can get involved with the 10th anniversary celebrations in Vancouver!