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Tessa Virtue

Figure Skating: 2017 Canadian National Skating Championships
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Tessa Virtue

Tessa Virtue
  • Birth date 5/17/1989
  • Birthplace London
  • Hometown London, Ontario
  • Residence Montreal
  • Height/Weight 5'4"/ 110 lbs
  • Olympics 2010, 2014


Tessa Virtue started skating with Scott Moir when she was 7 and he was 9; a little over a decade later the ice dance couple thrilled their home nation by winning gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in Canada. They were the youngest ever skaters to become ice dancing Olympic champions and the first to come from Canada. They also won two world titles between the Vancouver and 2014 Sochi Games. They looked to win a second title in Sochi, but instead came away with two silvers—the first in the team competition with the Canadian skaters, and the second in the ice dance event behind their U.S. rivals and then-training partners, Meryl Davis and Charlie White. They took the next two seasons off from competition, leaving some to wonder if they would retire for good. In February 2016, Virtue and Moir announced they would return to competition with an eye on the 2018 Olympics. A few months later, they attended the 2016 World Championships as broadcasters and spectators, joking that they were eating popcorn in the media box. They say they felt inspired by the teams on the ice and tried to take something from every duo.

They moved their training base from Michigan to Montreal, where they train with two-time ice dance world champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France. The Canadian couple went undefeated in their 2016-17 comeback season. Virtue and Moir won a Challenger Series competition in Montreal, followed by two golds on the Grand Prix circuit, which vaulted them into the exclusive Grand Prix Final, which they also won. They won their seventh Canadian national title and were selected to continue their season at the Four Continents Championships and the 2017 World Championships. They won at Four Continents, which was held at the same venue that will host Olympic figure skating in 2018, and picked up their third world title. During their comeback season, Virtue and Moir also notched the highest scores ever recorded in the short dance and total overall score.

They traded those high scores throughout the Olympic season with Papadakis and Cizeron. Virtue and Moir started their 2018 Olympic season with a win at the Autumn Classic. Then, they won both of their Grand Prix assignments in Canada and Japan. They fell to second behind the French at the Grand Prix Final and in January, won another Canadian national title.
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Getting to know Tessa Virtue


Has her own line of jewelry of more than 100 pieces


Had two surgeries on her legs to fix compartment syndrome in 2008 and 2010


Very superstitious, including finding lucky pennies, having a safety pin on her dress, her grandmother’s good luck charm, and coffee with hot chocolate in it

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