Canadian Ice Dancing Champs Fend Off Questions About Their Real-Life Relationship on Today
Despite their chemistry on the rink, Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue insist that's just the performance
Team Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir took home the gold medal in the second and final night of the Olympic ice dancing competition Tuesday morning (Monday evening stateside), setting a new world record with an overall score of 206.07 in the process.
But despite their chemistry on the rink, the partners of 20 years insist that’s just the performance.
After their winning routine, set to the song “Come What May” from Moulin Rouge!, Virtue and Moir talked to Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie of Today about their relationship.
“Your chemistry’s undeniable. Twitter’s exploding. They want you guys to be a couple,” Kotb told the pair before Guthrie chimed in, “We kind of do, too.”
Virtue, 28, responded, “Well, that’s such a compliment that you feel that when you watch us skate. We love performing together. We love storytelling, especially with Satine and Christian in the Moulin Rouge! program. That was really close to our hearts. We knew we wanted to skate to that music.”
“Guess mission accomplished,” Moir, 30, added. “That was the story we were telling, so I’m happy that you fell in love with that.”
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According to The Canadian Press, the longtime skating partners once did date — when they were kids.
“The whole world would like them to date. But they were ‘dating’ at age nine and seven, and I think Scotty broke it off. And he would say that’s 19 or 20 years of regret,” said former longtime coach Paul MacIntosh.
Social media went wild for the performance, even gaining the attention of celebrities.
After congratulating Canadian freestyle skiier Cassie Sharpe on taking home the gold in the women’s halfpipe, Vancouver native Ryan Reynolds gave a shout out to the ice dancing champions.
“And thank you @tessavirtue & @ScottMoir for agreeing to raise my children as your own,” he joked.
Others also had a hard time believing the pair weren’t in love.
“Honestly at the end of their last routine, Scott should just get down on one knee and propose to Tessa,” said one Twitter user.
Now the Olympics’ most decorated figure skaters in history with five medals, Moir says they’re not ready to say if this third appearance will be their last time at the Winter Games.
“It definitely feels like it. I guess that comes with being veterans — we know that we have to let the dust settle before we make that decision,” he said on Today. “If it is, this is a great way for us to go out. We’re so proud of ourselves. We’re so proud of our team. It feels great to have had the skates that we wanted to have here. It feels right. It feels like a good end.”
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France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron walked away with the silver medal in ice dancing — just one day after their costume snafu — followed by U.S. brother and sister duo Alex and Maia Shibutani, who earned bronze. The French pair’s skate initially earned a world record score of 205.28, but the record was immediately toppled by Virtue and Moir, who skated directly after them, according to the CBC.
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