Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir win gold in their final Olympic skate

Virtue and Moir look to end 20-year career with Olympic gold

The pair's ethereal free dance had the audience at the Gangneung Ice Arena clapping and set a new world record for both the free skate - they scored 123.35 and topped the Canadians - and the total score. We absolutely love performing together. "We're pretty happy with how things turned out, that's for sure".

They train for up to 35 hours a week together in Montreal, under coaches Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon and Romain Haguenauer.

Told in the mixed zone that some rink experts were suggesting they were the greatest skaters of all time, Virtue said with a laugh: "Where are these people?".

"So many of our themes we are expressing are universal. we've had so much fun delving into the storylines of our programs and skating as Satine and Christian in Moulin Rouge, sinking our teeth into the nuances of that music and the soundtrack", added Virtue, referring to the musical's key characters.

"But (we were) confident in our training and confident in the team behind us who have prepared us so well for this moment". "We did the best we could on the ice and it was a very emotional moment and we're really proud of that silver medal". With their gold in Pyeongchang, South Korea, they became the most decorated ice dancers in history: five Olympic medals, including gold medals in the individual ice dance event in 2010 and 2018. "We know we have to win now to keep moving on". But we were surprised by how much we missed it - we missed the structure of training, the regimented schedule, we missed waking up with a objective and testing our capabilities.

The duo said that they'll be skating to the Tragically Hip's "Long Time Running" at Sunday's gala skate, where Olympic figure skaters perform an unjudged routine for their fans. Now that they have, and so many other teams of their era are likely retiring (fellow Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, Italians Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte, Russians Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev), they are content to let their reign over the sport end on a glorious high note that they - and we - won't soon forget. The many mysteries of Virtue and Moir remain alive and well.

But for now, they say, they'll have some "quiet moments" with friends and family - and a few celebratory bubbles. And part of the reason maybe why we wouldn't continue was to open up that side of our life, maybe, and see where that goes.

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