Pyeongchang 2018

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Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir win ice dancing gold for Canada

Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have become the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history with gold in PyeongChang.

After breaking their own world record in the short program on Monday, they eclipsed another milestone on Tuesday.

A second career gold medal in the competition was theirs, adding to their triumph in Vancouver 2010.

They claimed silver in Sochi and then took a two-year break before returning to the ice for a glorious finale.

In addition, they have helped Canada to team gold at the last two Winter Games.

Virtue and Moir clinched the gold with a 122.40 point performance in Tuesday’s long program, adding to the record score from Monday for a combined 206.08.

They managed to beat France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, who were second with a combined score of 205.28, but outscored the Canadians by .95 points in Tuesday’s competition.

American siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani wound up scoring a total 192.59 to win the bronze.

The last song

Virtue and Moir, who’ve been partners for two decades, plan to retire from Olympic competition after PyeongChang.

The pair skated to the theme song to “Moulin Rouge,” as they smiled and at times, mouthed the words, during a relaxed skate that often felt like a victory celebration.

The duo started skating together when he was 10 and she was eight, and had taken two years off after a silver medal winning performance in Sochi.

They returned for PyeongChang with a renewed energy and it has shown in the performances.

In addition to their five Olympic medals, they have a total of three World Championship wins and eight Canadian Championship wins.

Did the wardrobe malfunction cost the French pair a gold?

While Papadakis and Cizeron recovered nicely from an unfortunate moment in Monday’s short program, where Papadakis’ dress became unfastened, it’s likely that the issue cost the pair a point or so that night, one that would have certainly helped push them past Virtue and Moir on Tuesday.

“It is just frustrating to miss a few points because of a costume issue,” Cizeron said Monday.

“It is not what we get ready for when we train. I am still proud that we managed to pull out a program like that even with a difficulty like this.”

That frustration had to be increased after knowing that they still managed to make the final score extremely close.

One positive for Papadakis, 22, and Cizeron, 23, is that they now pick up the mantle from Virtue and Moir as the best ice dancing pair moving forward.

 

Savour the moment

The competition though will be mostly remembered for the Canadian pair.

Now they are expected to announce their retirement. But first they want to savour the moment a little while longer.

After claiming gold, Moir said:

“If it is the end we are extremely pleased with that. We’ll probably make an announcement in the coming days, but for us we just want to enjoy this right now and let the dust kind of settle and figure out what’s next.

“It was a special moment to come out last. It was a strong last group, there was a lot of pressure, but I’m so happy with how we performed,” Virtue added.

 

 

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