At PyeongChang 2018, Tessa Virtue and partner Scott Moir became the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history. Winning gold medals in both the ice dance and team events, they are the first figure skaters to own five career Olympic medals.
Virtue and Moir produced one of their best seasons ever in 2016-17, going undefeated en route to their third career world title. Included in that was their first ever win at the ISU Grand Prix Final as they enjoyed a successful comeback after a two-year hiatus from competition. They had taken a break to perform solely in tours and exhibitions after winning two silver medals at Sochi 2014 in the ice dance event and as part of the inaugural Olympic team event.
Virtue and Moir had produced one of the most memorable moments of Vancouver 2010 when they captured gold in front of the supportive home crowd, becoming the first North American ice dancers to be crowned Olympic champions. Virtue and Moir had 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 Championships.
Thanks to their early season results, Virtue and 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 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 Championships behind Americans 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 taking silver in 2013.
In 2016 Virtue and Moir moved their training base to Montreal to be coached by two-time world silver medallists Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon as they strive to push themselves and their sport forward both technically and artistically. Virtue and Moir were selected to serve as Team Canada’s Opening Ceremony flag bearers at PyeongChang 2018.
In 2020, Virtue and Moir were appointed Members of the Order of Canada.
A little more about Tessa
Getting into the 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 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: 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… Majored in psychology at the University of Windsor, but is a few credits shy of her degree… 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… Favourite quote: “Don’t be delicate. Be vast and brilliant.”
|2010 Vancouver||Figure Skating||Ice Dance - Mixed||Gold|
|2018 PyeongChang||Figure Skating||Team||Gold|
|2018 PyeongChang||Figure Skating||Ice Dance||Gold|
|2014 Sochi||Figure Skating||Ice Dance - Mixed||Silver|
|2014 Sochi||Figure Skating||Team - Mixed||Silver|
Notable International Results
Olympic Winter Games: 2018 – GOLD (ice dance), GOLD (team); 2014 – SILVER (ice dance), SILVER (team); 2010 – GOLD
ISU World Championships: 2017 – GOLD; 2013 – SILVER; 2012 – GOLD; 2011 – SILVER; 2010 – GOLD; 2009 – BRONZE; 2008 – SILVER; 2007 – 6th
ISU Four Continents Championships: 2017 – GOLD; 2013 – SILVER; 2012 – GOLD; 2009 – SILVER; 2008 – GOLD; 2007 – BRONZE; 2006 – BRONZE
ISU Grand Prix Final: 2016 – GOLD; 2013 – SILVER; 2012 – SILVER; 2011 – SILVER; 2009 – SILVER; 2007 – 4th
Winter Olympic Games: 2018 - GOLD (ice dance), GOLD (team event)