March 23, 2020
Tessa Virtue started skating at age six because she didn’t want to be the only one in her class who couldn’t skate during a field trip, and was quickly teamed up with Scott Moir when she was seven. Born and raised in London, Ontario, Virtue and Moir quickly climbed up the ranks and produced one of the most memorable moments of Vancouver 2010 – their first Olympics – when they captured gold in front of the supportive home crowd, becoming the first North American ice dancers to be crowned Olympic champions. Virtue and Moir had enjoyed early international success. At the ages of 20 and 22, they became the youngest ice dance team to ever win Olympic gold with their stirring free skate to Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. One month later they won their first world title.
In 2016 Virtue and Moir moved their training base to Montreal to be coached by two-time world silver medallists Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon as they strive to push themselves and their sport forward both technically and artistically. Virtue and Moir were selected to serve as Team Canada’s Opening Ceremony flag bearers at PyeongChang 2018.
At PyeongChang 2018, Tessa Virtue and partner Scott Moir became the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history. Winning gold medals in both the ice dance and team events, they are the first figure skaters to own five career Olympic medals.
Tessa has a love of fashion, enjoys golfing, and actively supports the Thames Valley Children’s Centre, Special Olympics, and the Humane Society.