After nearly two decades of dominance, Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are hanging up the skates.
The pair announced their retirement in a video shared on both of their Twitter accounts.
In the video, the Olympic champions were — as you may have guessed — skating around the rink they call home, smiling and holding each other close.
“We’ve spent 22 years coasting around the outside of the rink, hanging out together, making programs, trying to soak up our sporting experience,” Moir said.
“And after 22 years it feels like the right time to step away from the sport,” continued Virtue.
The duo’s retirement comes after years of stardom and success, including five Olympic medals, four first-place finishes at Worlds, and many more international accolades. Their gold medal performance in the ice dance competition in Pyeongchang, South Korea was one of the most memorable moments for Team Canada at the 2019 Winter Olympics.
Both Moir and Virtue, whose passionate routines have captured the hearts of Canadians, are grateful for the support they’ve been shown over their careers.
“We still feel like the most fortunate kids in Canada,” Moir said. “But it just feels like the right time to say goodbye.”
While their competitive ice dancing careers have come to an end, Moir and Virtue aren’t done skating together just yet.
The pair’s two-month-long ‘Rock the Rink’ tour — starting on Oct. 5 in Abbotsford, B.C. and ending on Nov. 23 in St. John’s, N.L. — starts in two weeks, where they’ll give fans a final look at one of Canada’s most beloved sports duos.
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