Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s move is too hot for the ice
Sunday - 11/02/2018 18:39
CANADIAN ice skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir had to change their routine because it was too risque for the Olympics to handle.
FLAG bearers of the Canadian Olympic team Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have made a change to their figure skating routine after many dubbed it too sexual.
The move sees Virtue hook her legs around Moir’s shoulders and clasp her hands on the back of his head.
Apparently that was too hot for Canada to handle. According to the Toronto Star “the Canadian Press was leery of moving photos which captured the pose” at the national championships last month.
“I think edgy would probably summarise most of the program quite well and that’s what we were going for,” Virtue said after she and Moir won their eighth national title.
“We wanted to make a bit of a different statement. If that was bringing an edge or sexuality or darkness, or a contemporary feel to it, then mission accomplished I guess.”
An alteration has been made to the routine in an attempt to make it more family-friendly — a change the pair were expecting heading to Pyeongchang.
“We knew that taking the ice at an Olympic Games again meant that we needed to have a different style,” Virtue told the Star.
In the slightly altered version Virtue still executes the legs-around hold but only very briefly before dipping one limb down and then dismounting.
The original move from January’s nationals can be seen at the 2:26 mark in the video below.
“What it came down to actually was that when we slowed it down and looked on the video, it wasn’t aesthetically that beautiful of a position,” Moir told the Toronto Star.
Virtue explained that the pair liked that the move made a statement.
“I think we liked that it made a statement, and it was different,” she said. “And that was great for the start of the season. But for the overall vision of the program, we hope that this new position fits a little better.
An ice dancing couple came up with a move so sexy it got banned from the Olympics. Live your dreams, guys.
Virtue and Moir kept Canada in control with their samba rumba cha-cha routine earning maximum points on Sunday.
“We didn’t know what to expect,” said Moir about his third Olympics adventure. “That is the joy of the Olympic Games. I think what we felt is even more special. We have such a solid Canadian team. We are so proud to be a part of it.”
The pair won ice-dance gold at the 2010 Games before claiming silver in 2014.