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Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are seen on the highest step of the podium in the olympic Games before drawing a final line under their career in figure skating.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have left their pension with a single objective in mind. They see themselves on a podium before drawing a final line under their career in figure skating. Only the top step will do the trick.
When they lost for the first time in over a year, in the final of the Grand Prix of ISU, in December, the veterans have returned to the drawing board.
Virtue and Moir will present the renewed programs, including their long program under the theme of ” Moulin Rouge “, at the canadian figure skating Championships, which will take place in Vancouver. In a move that could propel her to the gold medal, according to the two athletes.
“We don’t plan to finish second in the olympic Games as we did at the Grand Prix final, has expressed Moir. We are excited to show several new items. There are some important changes that make us excited. We have worked very hard in December. “
Virtue, aged 28 years, and Moir, 30 years of age, have struck gold at the Vancouver olympics in 2010, but they had been defeated by the Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White, four years ago, at the Sochi games.
Two years after announcing their retirement, the canadian skaters have decided to make a return to the competition and remained unbeaten until December. They had won the gold at the world Championships in addition to recording scores to the records, but they were eventually defeated by Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron.
Virtue and Moir have completed a few changes in the music that accompanies their program.
“After we be trained on this program and have practiced many times, it was anchored in our body and we really loved the story it told, but by bringing new movements, it is as if he was reborn. We are pleased with the direction that we have taken and we hope that this will be more interesting for the spectators. It was the time of the build and having that feeling that olympic at the end, ” said Virtue.
Virtue and Moir train on the same ice that Papadakis and Cizeron, a situation that raises comparisons about their work environment prior to Sochi. At the time, the Canadians shared the same rink as Davis and White.
For another time, they will have a choice of seats to watch as their major competitors on a regular basis. Rather than compare, Moir said that the duo used this situation as a motivation.
“We’re a little watch of the videos, especially to try to understand the notes and what gives points. However, we are going to leave it in the hands of our coaching staff, said Moir. This strategy be against other teams and compare, we want to keep away from it. I allowed myself to bother with that before and it didn’t help. “
Pyeongchang will be the culmination of a career of 21 years. They have won seven medals at the World championships, including three gold, and seven canadian titles.
Canada will send three teams dancing in Pyeongchang. Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, and Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier should ensure the other two places available.
The canadian figure skating Championships will be launched on Friday at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre in Vancouver.