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Tessa Virtue
Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir Podium 2008 Worlds.jpg

Virtue (left) and Moir (right) at the 2008 World Championships.
Personal information
Full name: Tessa Virtue
Country represented:  Canada
Date of birth: May 17, 1989 (1989-05-17) (age 20)
Place of birth: London, Ontario
Residence: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Height: 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[1]
Partner: Scott Moir
Coach: Igor Shpilband
Marina Zoueva
Johnny Johns
Former coach: Carol Moir
Paul MacIntosh
Suzanne Killing
Choreographer: Igor Shpilband
Marina Zoueva
Skating club: Ilderton Skating Club
ISU personal best scores
Combined Total: 221.57
2010 Winter Olympics
Comp. Dance: 42.74
2010 Winter Olympics
Original Dance: 68.41
2010 Winter Olympics
Free Dance: 110.42
2010 Winter Olympics
Olympic medal record
Figure skating
Competitor for  Canada
Gold 2010 Vancouver Ice dancing

Tessa Virtue (born May 17, 1989) is a Canadian ice dancer who competes with Scott Moir. They are the 2010 Olympic champions, the 2008 World silver medalists, the 2008 Four Continents Champions, the 2006 World Junior Champions and the 2008–2010 Canadian national champions. Together with Moir, Virtue won the Gold Medal in the Ice Dancing event at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.[2]

They have received the first 10.0 for ice dance under the ISU Judging System.[3] As of March 2010, they were ranked 1st in the world.[4]

Contents

Personal life

Virtue was born in London, Ontario, Canada. She is the youngest of four children.

She attended Holy Names High School in Windsor, Ontario. She is a freshman at the University of Windsor and studying for a degree in psychology.[5]

She currently lives and trains in Canton, Michigan, USA, although her official residence remains London. Virtue and Moir are training mates and friends of the American ice dance team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White. [6]

Career

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Early career

Virtue and Moir began skating together in 1997.

In the 2001-2002 season, they won the bronze medal at the 2002 Canadian National Championships at the novice level. In 2003, they placed 7th at the 2003 Canadian Nationals in the junior division.

In 2003-2004, they made their ISU Junior Grand Prix debut on the 2003-2004 ISU Junior Grand Prix. They placed 4th at the event in Croatia and 6th in Slovakia. 2004 Canadian Figure Skating Championships, they won the Junior title, qualifying them for the team to the 2004 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, where they placed 11th.

The following season, they moved up to senior nationally but remained juniors internationally. On the 2004-2005 ISU Junior Grand Prix, they won the event in China and won the silver medal at the event in France, which qualified them for the Junior Grand Prix Final, where they won the silver medal.

They made their senior national debut at the 2005 Canadian Figure Skating Championships, where they placed fourth. They were named to the team to the 2005 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, where they won the silver medal.

2005–2008

They remained Junior internationally in the 2005–2006 season. On the 2005–2006 ISU Junior Grand Prix, they won both their events as well as the Junior Grand Prix Final.

At the 2006 Canadian Figure Skating Championships, they placed 3rd and were named as first alternates to the Olympic team. They were named to the team to the 2006 Four Continents Championships, where they won the bronze medal. At the 2006 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, they won the title, becoming the first Canadian ice dancers to become World Junior Champions.

In the 2006–2007 season, they moved up to the senior level internationally. They made their Grand Prix debut at the 2006 Skate Canada International, where they won the silver medal. They placed 4th at the 2006 Trophée Eric Bompard.

At the 2007 Canadian Figure Skating Championships, they won the silver medal, and repeated their bronze medal finish at 2007 Four Continents Championships. In their debut at the 2007 World Figure Skating Championships, they placed 6th. At the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships in Sweden, Virtue and Moir won the silver medal, winning the free dance segment with their program to The Umbrellas of Cherbourg soundtrack.

During the off-season, they toured in ice shows.

2008–2009 season

In the 2008-2009 season, Virtue & Moir withdrew from both their Grand Prix events due to an injury to Virtue. At the 2009 Canadian Figure Skating Championships, they won the gold medal.

At the 2009 Four Continents Championships, they won the silver medal behind Americans Meryl Davis & Charlie White. At the 2009 World Championships, they won the bronze medal, after placing 3rd in the compulsory dance, 6th in the original dance, and 4th in the free skate.

During the off-season, they toured in ice shows.

2009-2010 season

Virtue & Moir with their Olympic gold medals

They started off the 2009-2010 Olympic season at the 2009 Trophee Eric Bompard, finishing first by a margin of 16.07 points ahead of the silver medalists, Nathalie Pechalat & Fabian Bourzat. They also won the 2009 Skate Canada International, with a total combined score of 204.38 points, again 19.31 points ahead of Nathalie Pechalat & Fabian Bourzat. At that competition, they received the first 10.0 for ice dance under the Code of Points.[7]

On January 2010, they won their third National title at the 2010 Canadian Figure Skating Championships, placing first all the three segments of the competition and earning 221.95 points overall, which was 7.25 ahead of silver medalists Vanessa Crone & Paul Poirier. They set Canadian records for free dance and for combined total.[8]

They competed in the ice dancing competition at the 2010 Winter Olympics from February 19 through 22. They placed second in the compulsory dance, earning a new personal best score of 42.74 points, just 1.02 off the lead. They earned 68.41 points in the original dance, placing first in that segment of the competition[9]. They scored 110.42 points in the free dance, winning the gold medal overall with a total score of 221.57, surpassing silver medalists Meryl Davis & Charlie White by 5.83 points. In the free dance, they received four 10.00 marks from the judges in the program components, two for the performance execution and two for interpretation.[10] They became the first Canadian as well as the first North-American ice dance team and the youngest dance team to win the Olympics, and the first ice dance team to win the Olympic gold on home ice [11]and also the first ice dancer to win gold on their Olympic debut.

Programs

Virtue & Moir perform their signature lift "the Goose" during their Great Gig in the Sky program at the 2009 Four Continents.
Season Original Dance Free Dance Exhibition
2009-2010 Farrucas
by Pepe Romero
Symphony No. 5
by Gustav Mahler
Arranged by Ryner Stoetzer
Everybody Dance Now
by C & C Music Factory
Jack and Diane
by John Mellencamp
2008-2009 Won't You Charleston with Me?
from The Boyfriend
The Great Gig in the Sky
Money
by Pink Floyd
Jack and Diane
by John Mellencamp
2007-2008 Dark Eyes
Russian Folk Song
Umbrellas of Cherbourg
by Michel Legrand
I Could Have Danced All Night
by Jamie Cullum
Dare You To Move
by Switchfoot
2006-2007 Assassination Tango
Building the Bullet
by Luis Bacalov
Valse Triste
by Jean Sibelius
Black Magic Woman
by Santana
Tennessee Waltz
by Holly Cole Trio
2005-2006 Beautiful Maria
by The Mambo Kings
Do You Only Wanna Dance
by Julio Daviel Big Band
Malaguena
by Raul Di Blasio
No Me Ames
by Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony
Everybody Dance Now
by C & C Music Factory
2004-2005 Call Me Irresponsible
by Bobby Darrin
Puttin On The Ritz
Adios Nonino
by Astor Piazzolla
Everybody Dance Now
by C & C Music Factory
2003-2004 Tears On My Pillow
by Little Anthony
Tutti Frutti
by Little Richard
Russian Medley
by Johann Christian Bach
Tears On My Pillow
by Little Anthony
Tutti Frutti
by Little Richard
2002-2003 Les Poissons
Concerto Sopra Motivi dell'Opera
by Johann Christian Bach
Magaienha
by Sergio Mendes
Eres Todo En Mi
by Ana Gabriel
Tres Deseos
by Gloria Estefan

Competitive highlights

(with Moir)

Post-2006

Event 2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010
Winter Olympic Games 1st
World Championships 6th 2nd 3rd
Four Continents Championships 3rd 1st 2nd
Canadian Championships 2nd 1st 1st 1st
Grand Prix Final 4th 2nd
Skate Canada International 2nd 1st 1st
Trophee Eric Bompard 4th 1st
NHK Trophy 2nd

Pre-2006

Event 2001-2002 2002-2003 2003-2004 2004-2005 2005-2006
Four Continents Championships 3rd
World Junior Championships 11th 2nd 1st
Canadian Championships 3rd N. 7th J. 1st J. 4th 3rd
Junior Grand Prix Final 2nd 1st
Junior Grand Prix, Canada 1st
Junior Grand Prix, Andorra 1st
Junior Grand Prix, China 1st
Junior Grand Prix, France 2nd
Junior Grand Prix, Croatia 4th
Junior Grand Prix, Slovakia 6th
NACS Thornhill 1st J.
Western Ontario Sectionals 1st J. 1st J. 1st
  • N = Novice level; J = Junior level

References

  1. ^ "Tessa Virtue — Figure Skating Athletes : Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics". Vancouver2010.com. http://www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-figure-skating/athletes/tessa-virtue_ath1012613Eo.html. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  2. ^ "Sporting News — Olympics". Vancouver.sportingnews.com. http://vancouver.sportingnews.com/wolympics/medals.asp?country=CAN. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  3. ^ "News Virtue, Moir win dance at Skate Canada". 2009-11-21. http://web.icenetwork.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20091122&content_id=7701516&vkey=ice_news. Retrieved 2009-11-21. 
  4. ^ "ISU World Standings for Figure Skating and Ice Dance : Ice Dance". International Skating Union. 23 February 2010. http://www.isuresults.com/ws/wsdance.htm. Retrieved 8 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir — Figure Skating News". Goldenskate.com. 2009-08-30. http://www.goldenskate.com/articles/2009/083009.shtml. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "News Virtue, Moir win dance at Skate Canada". 2009-11-21. http://web.icenetwork.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20091122&content_id=7701516&vkey=ice_news. Retrieved 2009-11-21. 
  8. ^ "Virtue, Moir make figure skating history". 2010-01-16. http://www.ctvolympics.ca/figure-skating/news/newsid=26429.html. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  9. ^ "Vancouver 2010, Original Dance Scores". http://www.vancouver2010.com.+2010-02-21. http://www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-figure-skating/schedule-and-results/ice-dance---original-dance_fsx030201Hb.html. Retrieved 2010-02-21. 
  10. ^ "XXI Winter Olympics, Ice Dance FD Scores". International Skating Union. 2010-02-22. http://www.isuresults.com/results/owg2010/owg10_IceDance_FD_Scores.pdf. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  11. ^ Smith, Beverley (2010-02-22). "Virtue and Moir make history with ice dance gold". CTV Olympics. http://www.ctvolympics.ca/figure-skating/news/newsid=49724.html. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 

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Simple English

Tessa Virtue is an ice dancer from Canada. Her skating partner is Scott Moir. Virtue and Moir have been skating together since 1997. In the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, the duo won the gold metal in the ice dancing competition; which was not only a first for them, but also for the country of Canada.

Virtue and Moir were the most successful junior-level Candian ice dancers ever. They won Canada's first gold medal in ice dancing at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships in 2006. In that year, they also won the bronze medal at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, a senior-level competition for skaters who are from countries that are not in Europe.

In their first full season skating at the senior level, Virtue and Moir won the silver medal (second place) at the Skate Canada International and again at Nationals. Their debut at the World Championships was the highest debut by any team in over two decades when they placed 6th. This made them immediately seeded skaters going into the 2007/2008 season.

Virtue and Moir are known for their artistry, musicality, and grace on the ice. They often look as if they were dancing, not skating. They have a close connection. While most of their programs have been soft and romantic, Virtue and Moir have also done humorous programs in exhibition.

Virtue and Moir are coached by Igor Shpilband and Marina Zueva.

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