OTTAWA, ON: Tessa Virtue, 26, London, Ont., and Scott Moir, 28, Ilderton, Ont., announced today that they will return to competition for the 2016-2017 season. Virtue and Moir have taken two seasons off following the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, at which they won silver medals in the ice dance event and the team event.
“In returning to competition, our motivation stems solely from our love for the sport and our desire to create art. We are ready for the challenge, and ready to embrace life as athletes again!” said Virtue and Moir. “With Marie-France and Patrice, we have found a renewed passion for skating that feels both invigorating and inspiring. We have been working tirelessly on new techniques, and a different approach to ice dance – both mechanically and philosophically.”
“Canadian skating fans will undoubtedly be excited to welcome back Tessa and Scott,” said Dan Thompson, Skate Canada CEO. “The ice dance landscape in Canada is powerful and the return of six-time Canadian champions Tessa and Scott will further invigorate this discipline. We wish them the best of luck in their return.”
The 2010 Olympic champions and two-time world champions plan to move to Montreal, Que., to train with Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon at CPA Gadbois.