Virtue and Moir

After a two-year hiatus, Canada’s most decorated skaters, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, have announced they are returning to the competitive circuit. At the annual camp for elite-level Canadian figure skaters, the duo spoke to the assembled press about their reasons for returning to competition.

It is all about success for the Canadian duo and there is no doubt they will be chasing gold every step of the way to and in PyeongChang.

They understand that this cannot be a case of same old, same old. The ice dance world has evolved in leaps and bounds since they left in 2014, and while some things might seem familiar, Virtue and Moir already know the game is no longer the same.

“It hits you like a ton of bricks, actually. There’s so many things,” said Moir, 29. “Some days, we feel like Bill Murray in ‘Groundhog Day.’ Just trying to keep that fresh perspective is important. It’s a good time for us to remember that.”

Much of that comes from their day-to-day training environment under the guidance of coaches Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon. When they look across the ice they see the reigning world champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron and their coach, Romain Haguenauer.

Just watching Papadakis and Cizeron every day at their training rink was enough to show the Canadians how high the bar has been raised in ice dance. “There’s an interesting dichotomy because the element where we feel most comfortable, the rink, is what we know and that’s our world,” said Virtue, 27.