Figure-skating duo didn't need sexy move to win gold

14 February, 2018, 19:53 | Author: Cary Erickson
  • The Vancouver's Olympic Cauldron is located in Jack Poole Plaza

USA figure skaters won the bronze medal in the team event on Monday, in an action-packed tournament that saw Mirai Nagasu land a historic jump - and in which Adam Rippon and other Americans showed they're in fine form at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Even Hollywood producer and director Baz Luhrmann, who won a Golden Globe for Moulin Rouge: "Moulin Rouge on ice!"

Three-time world champion Patrick Chan of Canada won two silver medals in Sochi four years ago: a silver in the team event and an individual silver.

The easiest explanation why Scott Moir still has legs after the Goose life that the blade of the skates isn't made up of one sharp edge. To the surprise of many, the truth is that the pair are avowedly not romantically involved.

The pair scratched a move where Virtue flipped backward onto Moir's shoulders, where she'd straddle him as Moir's face was between her legs.

The inherent danger present in the Goose lift is why it isn't done in competition very often, and it's one of the big reasons that Virtue and Moir are so dynamic in the ice dance world. "We were terrified to hold hands for quite a while", Moir has recalled. "We just left it on the sidelines", Moir explained back in a 2010 interview.

"It's hard when you've grown up with someone", Virtue added.

How long have they been skating together?

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And they didn't let them down at the Gangneung Ice Arena.

Within an hour of the figure skating gold, Canadian snowboarder Laurie Blouin earned silver in the women's slopestyle.

The United States repeated its showing in the 2014 Sochi Games with a bronze medal. "They carried me", he said after the competition on Monday. "To do it for them who have supported me and watched me and been on this long road that's been up and down, that feels incredible". In a 2014 interview, Moir - who had a girlfriend at the time - admitted that being in a separate relationship could be "tough". "It's pretty special to be able to have teammates like that and share this experience with them".

Of course, that doesn't mean 'shippers haven't seized upon all kinds of moments to make the case that there's something more to their connection that pure professionalism. But then again, these "clues" to something more than friendly affection may just be avid fans grasping at straws to make their dream come true.

But with Virtue's legs wrapped around Moir's neck for much of the performance, it could easily be argued they were still getting viewers a little hot under the collar.

"Going into it, I was like a train and I was like, 'Get on the tracks and get some speed, '" she said.

"We're always telling stories, we're supposed to be reacting, a man and woman on the ice, it's romantic".

Moir and his compatriots came in second best in Sochi, a defeat that the 30-year-old said was irking for "a country born on ice". "We thought that this was a serious event that we needed to take just as seriously".


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