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Opinion by NawelH posted over a year ago
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Tessa Virtue feels so good about the present and future that she, her partner and their coaches don’t want to dwell on the past.

So it hasn’t been public knowledge that one-half of the first Olympic ice dance gold-medal team was in complete agony, yet again, after she and Scott Moir finished second at the World Championships last spring.

The severe shin pain that forced her to undergo operations for chronic exertional compartment syndrome in the fall of 2008, then again last fall, and also left her in complete agony just a week before their emotional win in Vancouver, returned after the 2011 world championships.

And the pain was more piercing than ever before.

“Even worse than right before the Games,” Virtue quietly revealed over the weekend at Skate Canada, “because it wasn’t just the shins, it was the shins and my calves. I think it came as a bit of a shock because, after the surgery, I had a great four months without feeling pain. Even leading into Worlds it was OK.
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Opinion by NawelH posted over a year ago
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By Ryan Pyette, QMI Agency
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QUEBEC CITY - There are a million little things to fret over when you're one of the top two ice dance teams in the world.

Falling flat on your back early in your short program isn't usually front and centre.

So when Scott Moir touched blades with partner Tessa Virtue and took the tumble that will probably cost them the only major figure skating competition they haven't won, the Canadian Olympic gold medallist did what everyone who knows him best would've expected.

He turned the gasps into laughs Friday at the International Skating Union's Grand Prix final in Quebec City.

He bounced up, took quick little choppy steps to catch up to Virtue, then mimicked his plunge in the kiss and cry area while mugging for the cameras.



"We had a bobble and it's two seconds of a three-minute program -- we were pleased with two minutes and 58 seconds of it," the 24-year-old from Ilderton, Ont., said after finishing the short dance in second spot behind American...
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Review by NawelH posted over a year ago
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Ginger Rogers famously said she did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels.

Tessa Virtue does it backwards and on skates.

Backwards stroking is the basic component of figure skating, how to get from here to there on the ice, into most jumps and as undercarriage for the complicated contortions of ice dancing with all its footy flourishes.

Now, after years of hint-hinting, Virtue has got her very own Astaire clone on blades, the debonair boulevardier formally known as Scott Moir, man of many faces and thematic styles from classical to cha cha cha.

But their new homage to an old movie musical won’t be Fred and Ginger. Instead, it’s Fred and Audrey, as in Hepburn, who Virtue will be channelling in the free dance at this weekend’s Skate Canada in Mississauga.
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Review by NawelH posted over a year ago
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The rink is frigid, the handful of official onlookers buried in their official papers. But in this frosty milieu, Canada’s young but storied ice dancers, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, are showing that they are ready to break loose again, and regain the world championship title they lost last year.

Virtue and Moir, the dominant Olympic champions of Vancouver, showed off their new programs in front of Skate Canada monitors and judges Thursday, who peered through the frost and wrote notes with gloved hands at a national training camp. The camp unofficially signals the start of the figure skating season as skaters prepare for Grand Prix events, national championships and eventually the world championships in Nice, France in March, 2012.

The post-Olympic season of the Olympic ice dancing champions was anything but dreamlike. It was closer to nightmarish. In October, 2010, Virtue underwent surgery to correct a problem with chronic exertional compartment syndrome, which caused the couple...
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Review by NawelH posted over a year ago
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Don't know how to break the news BUT Scott Moir is in love! He gushed that there is a new girl in his life: niece Charlotte Grace Moir made her debut last month into the arms of her parents: Scott's older brother Danny and his wife Tessa. (I know - what are the odds?) Scott comes from a very tight-knit family and credits Danny with being the one who inspired him to get into ice dance. (Thanks Danny - we're all glad you did!)

The joy doesn't stop there. Scott say that he and partner Tessa Virtue are having a great summer and are loving the time they spend on the ice. getting him to comment on this year's free dance to the music from the Hepburn/Astaire movie 'Funny Face', he has this to say: It’s a very cool program for us because we had wanted to play a 'Fred and Ginger' type for a while and everyone knows Tessa loves Audrey (Hepburn). We started moving to the music. and it went naturally for us and I like moving in that old-fahioned way. I also liked that they had to capture what they're doing in one take which is similar to us in skating." He goes on to say: "Is it fun a lot...
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If patience is a virtue, then (Tessa) Virtue must be more virtuous than most. Not only has she endured surgeries on both of her shins – twice over the last 3 seasons – requiring lots of time off the ice to heal, but she has also been playing GOLF in her down time!! (As if she hasn’t suffered enough? Kidding.) Patience and grace and the ability to keep her eye on the prize is what defines Tessa Virtue for me.
In her words, she is eager to compete and credits the amazing team of professionals around her who have helped her to get back to normal. “It’s great to train without any pain!”
Having said that they would take the decision to compete year by year, why this year? “Well a lot of it for me has stemmed from the prospect of competing a whole season. Feeling healthy; skating a whole season and what we can accomplish with competing during a whole season. Just competing a total of 1.5 times last season left something to be desired. Although we are very proud of our silver medal at worlds, we still have something to give. We have that fire; that determination. We are still true...
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