Sports Ice dance star Tessa Virtue happily out of her comfort zone in Queens EMBA program

18:51  30 november  2020
18:51  30 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will debut new changes to their Moulin Rouge free program during the team event at the 2018 The program , in which they portray Christian and Satine from the movie, contained a lift that they have changed for the Olympics because it was a little too

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TORONTO — Tessa Virtue doesn't feel the same sense of exhilaration or rush of adrenaline as she did standing at centre-ice after a gold-medal performance.

Scott Moir, Tessa Virtue are posing for a picture © Provided by The Canadian Press

At least not on that scale or of that magnitude. And that's okay.

"There are so many things that are making me really content and joyful that were just impossible to experience as an athlete in training," Virtue said. "So, there's sort of something offsetting that where I might not be getting that adrenaline rush, there's so much that I feel passionate about and new goals that I'm striving for - which is both scary and exhilarating."

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You can't fool us, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir! No one has that kind of chemistry on the ice , no one looks at each other the way they do, no one caresses each other so tenderly that we question Which should help hold us over until Virtue and Moir finally admit they've been secretly dating this entire time.

Tessa Virtue Photos - Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada skate their free dance program in the ice dance category during day seven of the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships at Megasport Ice Rink on April 30, 2011 in Moscow, Russia.

Virtue and Scott Moir were among the 114 athletes, artists, scholars and community leaders named to the Order of Canada on Friday. They're the most decorated ice dancers in history, capturing five Olympic medals, including a pair of ice dance gold in 2010 and 2018.

Virtue is swamped with school work these days as part of Queens University's Executive MBA program - one of the new pursuits that's pushed her out of her comfort zone.

She's typed out frantic text messages to retired Paralympic swimmer Ben Huot - who graduated from Queens' EMBA program - saying, "Have I made a mistake? What am I doing?" she laughed. "(Huot) been so wonderfully supportive.

"But I am so happy I did it. And it's an extraordinary cohort, everyone is so impressive and has accomplished such wonderful things and in such diverse spheres, and so the conversations are so exhilarating, and especially right now, I'm so grateful to have the chance to sort of expand my mind."

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Tessa Virtue Photos - Tessa Virtue and Scoot Moir of Canada compete in the Ice Dance Free Dance on the day two of ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skate Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir perform during the team ice dance free figure skating dance short program at the Iceberg Skating Palace at

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Virtue spent the first few months of the pandemic living in North Vancouver with boyfriend and Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly. The power couple joined Arkells frontman on an Instagram live stream back in March. They appeared virtually on the Great Kitchen Party: Home Edition a month later.

The couple is back living in Toronto now, and recently purchased a puppy they named Zoe.

Virtue and Moir's captivating free dance to music from "Moulin Rouge" in Pyeongchang will endure as one of the greatest Olympic figure skating performances ever. Just one of the numerous YouTube streams has over 1.3 million views.

But Virtue has barely watched it.

"I've seen parts of it here and there. And I love the feeling that it evokes in me," she said. "I'm still so proud of that moment of course. But I can't decide if it feels like it was yesterday or honestly if I feel just a few lifetimes away from it. So, it's like that disconnect, right, where I kind of hold onto the feeling that we had when the program ended.

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Olympics: Figure Skating-Team Ice Dance Short Dance - Feb 8, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada perform in the team ice dance short dance program during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Iceberg Skating Palace. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports).

Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir broke their own world record in the short dance , and have the top of the podium Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are a step closer to ending their Olympic careers with gold medals around their necks. The three-time world champions and ice dancing partners for two

"And when we reflect together, so much of our sporting life just seems so fresh that I'm sure there hasn't been enough time for perspective, right?"

Virtue and Moir, from Ilderton, Ont., competed for two decades. Earning Order of Canada honours, she said, was an honour that had her reflecting on their early days.

"This is not something we would have ever known to even dream for. We weren't seven and nine (years old) cruising around the ice together talking about this, it seemed unfathomable," she said. "And yet, we watched so many of our friends and peers along the way receive this incredible honour. I just feel humbled, and just so, so honoured."

Virtue talked by telephone Sunday before appearing virtually on Hayley Wickenheiser's "WickFest: Female Hockey Festival," calling a few minutes early to ensure she wouldn't have to duck out too soon.

Olympic athletes, both active and retired, have been front and centre in the battle against the global pandemic. Wickenheiser, of course, teamed up with actor Ryan Reynolds and others for "Conquer COVID-19," an initiative that delivered much-needed personal protective equipment to hospitals. Numerous other athletes have hosted virtual practices, information sessions, etc. for Canadian kids.

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"It can be underestimated, I guess, what that kind of mentorship or connection with an athlete does," Virtue said. "I think about those kids watching the next Olympics and how invested they'll be and it's pretty neat to share that."

The international figure skating schedule has been a bust since last March when COVID-19 forced cancellation of the world championships in Montreal.

Keegan Messing is the only Canadian to have competed so far this season (Skate America). Skate Canada International was scrapped, and if Stockholm, Sweden does manage to host the world championships in March - organizers want to host it in a "bubble" - there's no guarantee Canada will even go because of lack of preparation, quarantine restrictions, etc.

"I think there's a caveat to everything in that it offers great perspective. You realize just how seemingly insignificant ice dance can be or skating," Virtue said. "But at the same time, in their relative spheres, and as far as their goals and pursuits go, it's huge to miss out on one competition, let alone a season.

"I think just changing that benchmark of knowing when to prepare for something, how a peak, how to maximize your time, the unknown, the uncertainty, like so many people are facing, must be really challenging. And my heart goes out to (the skaters)."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 30, 2020.

Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

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