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SportsCanadian ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir announce retirement

18:10  18 september  2019
18:10  18 september  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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+ Long before their golden Olympic finish cemented their status as ice dancing royalty, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were inspiring many young people to lace up their skates and chase a dream that coaches hope will help Canada dominate the world of figure skating for years to come.

GANGNEUNG, South Korea— Ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada became the most decorated Olympic figure skaters of all time by taking In earlier iterations this year, the program had ended abruptly with Virtue ’s “death”; here, they debuted a version in which Moir lifts her triumphantly.

Canadian ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir announce retirement© Paul Chiasson After 22 years it feels like the right time to step away from the sport,” said Tessa Virtue in a video posted to Twitter.

After nearly two decades of dominance, Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are hanging up the skates.

The pair announced their retirement in a video shared on both of their Twitter accounts.

In the video, the Olympic champions were — as you may have guessed — skating around the rink they call home, smiling and holding each other close.

“We’ve spent 22 years coasting around the outside of the rink, hanging out together, making programs, trying to soak up our sporting experience,” Moir said.

Canada’s Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir to ‘step away’ from ice dance

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Canadian ice dancing stars Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir say they are "stepping away" from the sport. Their retirement was revealed late Tuesday night in a video Virtue and Moir became household names after capturing Olympic gold on home soil in 2010 and have been melting hearts ever since.

Two-time Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will extend their indefinite break from competition through the fall Grand Prix season, an agent for the Canadians confirmed. Virtue and Moir , who last competed in PyeongChang and haven’t said whether they will return at all

“And after 22 years it feels like the right time to step away from the sport,” continued Virtue.

The duo’s retirement comes after years of stardom and success, including five Olympic medals, four first-place finishes at Worlds, and many more international accolades. Their gold medal performance in the ice dance competition in Pyeongchang, South Korea was one of the most memorable moments for Team Canada at the 2019 Winter Olympics.

Both Moir and Virtue, whose passionate routines have captured the hearts of Canadians, are grateful for the support they’ve been shown over their careers.

“We still feel like the most fortunate kids in Canada,” Moir said. “But it just feels like the right time to say goodbye.”

While their competitive ice dancing careers have come to an end, Moir and Virtue aren’t done skating together just yet.

The pair’s two-month-long ‘Rock the Rink’ tour — starting on Oct. 5 in Abbotsford, B.C. and ending on Nov. 23 in St. John’s, N.L. — starts in two weeks, where they’ll give fans a final look at one of Canada’s most beloved sports duos.

Ted Fraser is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter at @ted_fraser.

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