On Monday evening, Canada's ice dancing team won Olympic gold — and absolutely stunned viewers with their spellbinding performance. Video of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir's 2018 Olympics free ice dancing shows the completely captivating nature of their routine, which left audiences mesmerized and showed exactly why they earned gold medals.
Virtue and Moir scored a record-breaking 206.07 points in their combined short and free dance performances to clinch the gold. The couple skated to music from Moulin Rouge, delivering a beautiful performance complete with impressive lifts that wowed the audience.
The couple's gold medals in PyeongChang now make them the most decorated Olympic figure skaters in history. The duo won gold in 2010 in Vancouver and won silver in 2014 in Sochi, Russia, behind the United States' Meryl Davis and Charlie White. They also helped Canada secure the figure skating team silver in Sochi. The couple actually came out of retirement to try to again win gold in PyeongChang — and their efforts have clearly paid off. In addition to winning individual medals on Monday night, the duo also helped Canada win gold in the team competition last week.
Both Virtue and Moir talked about the special nature of their Olympics performance on Monday, as it is widely expected to be their last competitive skate before they again retire. Moir noted that the most important part of their skate was honoring their partnership.
We still love what we do. It's personal this time. It was for each other. We skated with each other in mind the whole way and we skated with our hearts. It's extremely fulfilling.
I am thrilled with this competition. That performance was really special and truly memorable. The gold medal is the cherry on the cake
Amazingly, Virtue and Moir have been skating together for 20 years. According to BBC News, they first became widely known after winning their gold medals in 2010 in Vancouver, as they were the first-ever North American ice dancing couple to win gold.
While the couple are known for their often-sultry routines that feature a great deal of chemistry between the pair, the duo told Maclean's back in January that their chemistry is a result of a lot of hard work over the years. When the interviewer commented, "A lot of people think you're married," Moir replied, "Yeah. Maybe that means we're doing our job?"
We're always telling stories, we're supposed to be reacting, a man and woman on the ice, it's romantic. What we have is such a cool relationship. It's more about a friendship, our working relationship is so strong. We take so much pride in that.
Virtue also commented on the topic to Maclean's, adding:
It comes with the territory and that's part of the storytelling we do on the ice. If that's the by-product of having a great longstanding partnership, then we can deal with it.
Maclean's also reported that the pair had not initially planned on returning to the Olympics after Sochi, but they then realized they "couldn't imagine" not competing in 2018 and decided to again pursue Olympics ambitions. This decision evidently paid off handsomely, with the pair winning the highest ice dancing honor.
As The Guardian reported, when asked after their performance if they would indeed be retiring as speculated, the couple did not say for sure.
"If it is the end we are extremely pleased with that," Moir mused. "We'll probably make an announcement in the coming days, but for us we just want to enjoy this right now and let the dust settle and figure out what's next."