Sunday, August 30, 2009

Virtue and Moir in Prime Form for Olympics

Canada's Olympic hopes in ice dancing for the upcoming Games are riding on the shoulders of Ontario's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. The couple, only 20 and 22 respectively, has skated together for 13 years.

The two-time Canadian Champions finished with silver and bronze medals at the last two World Championships and have won both the World Junior and Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.

They open the 2009-10 season in Paris with Trophée Eric Bompard, and then close with Skate Canada. The team is happy with their schedule.

"Having the first and the last Grand Prixs with time between is an advantage," Moir noted. "We like going to Paris so we're excited about that. Just being there makes us happy."

"We've skated in all the rinks that we'll compete in this season," he continued. "We're very familiar with Kitchener-Waterloo since it's near our homes and we trained there for years when we were younger. And we have training camp in Vancouver in September, so we have another chance to skate in that rink again."

"We haven't thought at all about what we'll do next year," Moir admitted, "but we'll do the whole season, including Worlds. We owe Torino a little something. We didn't go to the last Olympics and didn't skate well when we there at the Grand Prix Final. And we don't have a gold medal at Worlds."

The dancers first premiered their new programs in a competitive atmosphere at Thornhill in Toronto, Canada earlier this month.

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