Virtue and Moir strike gold with flawless skate

Skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir show off the gold medals they won in ice dance at the PyeongChang Olympics. Canada Olympic Committee
Skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir show off the gold medals they won in ice dance at the PyeongChang Olympics. Canada Olympic Committee



PYEONGCHANG (February 20, 2018) – Here is what you need to know about Team Canada at the end of Day 11 at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018:

GOLD: 8 SILVER: 5 BRONZE: 6 TOTAL: 19

RESULTS: Team Canada’s competition results

COMPETITION SCHEDULE: Team Canada Day-By-Day at PyeongChang 2018

QUICK FACTS:

  • Canada wins its first medal in the women’s ski halfpipe event (which made its debut at Sochi 2014) and the 10th gold medal in Canadian freestyle skiing history;
  • With five medals, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are now the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history;
  • With three gold medals, Virtue and Moir are tied with Gillis Grafström (SWE), Sonja Henje (NOR) and Irina Rodnina (USSR) for the most in Olympic figure skating history

FLASH QUOTES:

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada compete in the Figure Skating Ice Dance Short Program at the Gangneung Ice Arena during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea on February 19, 2018. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/COC)
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada compete in the Figure Skating Ice Dance Short Program at the Gangneung Ice Arena during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea on February 19, 2018. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/COC)

Tessa VIRTUE

On if she ever imagined they would become the most decorated Olympic figure skaters:  

“Certainly not, although in grade one I did write in my journal that I wanted to be at the Olympics with Danny MOIR, Scott’s brother, so I’m close. I am thrilled with this competition. That performance was really special and truly memorable. The gold medal is the cherry on the cake. We are so grateful to our team for having prepared us for this. We are taking in every single moment.”

Scott MOIR

 On the difference to winning their first gold in 2010:

“Extremely different this time. Obviously, 2010 we were in our own country. Those are moments we will never forget. But eight years later we’re completely different people, we’re completely different athletes. 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.”

On a retirement announcement:

 “If it is the end we are extremely pleased with that. 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 kind of settle and figure out what’s next.”

Cassie SHARPE

On realising she had won:

“My coach Trennon (PAYNTER) hugged me at the top and it was just the biggest hug and I said, ‘I can’t hug you because I’m going to cry’ and he said, ‘I’m going to cry on national television’.”

On doing her last run already knowing she had won:

“I had so much going through my mind that I couldn’t put that third run down, but I still wanted to give a bit of a show and did the 10 at the bottom. When you got your hard-as-nails coach in tears at the top, it’s kind of hard to zone into what you’re doing. I fell, but I didn’t just give up the run.”

On painting her nails gold:

“I always paint my nails gold before every contest. A lot of people have superstitions or things that they have to do. This is not a superstition by any means, but it’s a habit. And I like to have that on my nails.”