Tessa Virtue was born on May 17, 1989 in London, Ontario and has studied ballet and other forms of dance since she was three, even moving away from home at age nine to study with the National Ballet of Canada for a summer. She still takes a variety of classes — including ballet, modern and hip-hop — to supplement her skating. She began skating because she didn’t want to be the only person who couldn’t skate when her class took a field trip to a rink. Both Virtue and Moir were coached by Moir’s aunt, Carol, when they were singles skaters. She paired them together when Virtue was seven and Scott was nine.
In 2001, Skate Canada held a national championship for pre-novice skaters. Virtue and Moir won the title, taking all three phases of the competition. They were 11 and 13, in an event that could include skaters as old as 19 and 21. In 2002, they moved up to the novice level. At that year’s Nationals, they were the youngest and smallest team in their competition against competitors that were as much as six years older. Although only placing third, the high quality of their skating was apparent. In 2003 they moved up to the junior level, placing seventh at Nationals. That fall, they competed in their first ISU Junior Grand Prix events. Back at home, they won the junior national title in 2004 and went to their first World Junior Championships where they finished eleventh. They were still 14 and 16.
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In 2004, Virtue and Moir made their move to be international contenders. That summer, they changed training sites, leaving coaches Paul MacIntosh and Suzanne Killing in Kitchener to join world-renowned coaches Marina Zoueva and Igor Shpilband in Canton, Michigan. Virtue and Moir medaled twice on the Junior Grand Prix and finished second at the Junior Grand Prix Final. They competed in their first senior Nationals in 2005, and finished fourth. Still age-eligible, they returned to the World Junior Championships and won the silver medal. At the time, many dance observers indicated that it was Virtue and Moir who had the most potential to win future senior world and Olympic medals.
Virtue and Moir remained on the Junior Grand Prix for the fall of 2005 and dominated the competition, winning both of their events and the Junior Grand Prix Final. They returned to the senior Nationals and this time took the bronze medal. They were rewarded with a trip to their first senior international competition, the Four Continents Championships at the end of January, and took the bronze medal there as well. Their last junior competition would be the 2006 World Junior Championships, and just like they planned, they took the gold medal, winning all three phases handily.
In the fall of 2006, Virtue and Moir joined the senior Grand Prix and won a silver at Skate Canada. An uncharacteristic fall in the original dance left them only able to place fourth. At the 2007 Nationals, Virtue and Moir earned the silver medal, proving they were the heir apparents. Another bronze medal at Four Continents followed, and then a remarkable sixth place finish at their first senior World Championships. Following the retirement of two-time World silver medalists Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon, the Canadian spotlight was on Virtue and Moir. But no one could anticipate how quickly they filled their shoes. They won gold at Skate Canada. They finished second at the NHK Trophy behind the team considered to be the best in the world, Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder of France. The Canadians qualified for their first senior Grand Prix Final and placed fourth. They won their first senior national title and then their first Four Continents title. At the World Championships they finished a surprising second in the compulsory dance, following a fall by their American training mates Belbin and Agosto who had been considered one of the favorites to win.
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But the start of their 2008-2009 season was delayed after Virtue underwent double shin surgery in mid-September, following the Skate Canada High Performance Camp. Virtue had been suffering from chronic exertional compartment syndrome (The condition, which is exercise induced, causes pressure to build in pockets of muscles and nerves in the lower legs.) for almost a year. She had dealt with the pain throughout the 2007-08 season but after a summer of training, the pain intensified. Doctors cut through the fascia all the way down her leg around the muscles, giving her muscles room to expand. The couple was forced to withdraw from Skate Canada and NHK Trophy but made their season debut at the Canadian Championships in Saskatoon. The easily won all three segments of the competition, defending their national title.
Their first international competition of the season was at the 2010 Sport Event in Vancouver, the Four Continents Championships. Their closest challengers were expected to be American training-mates Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Virtue and Moir won the compulsory dance and original dance segments. But they had problems in the free dance with the spin and both step sequences, and Davis and White won the gold medal and Virtue and Moir took the silver, with an overall score difference of less than a point.
At the World Championships in Los Angeles, they finished third in the compulsory dance but dropped to sixth in the original dance in which they had some minor difficulties. They finished fourth in the free skate, but were able to hold onto the bronze medal by 0.04 over Davis and White.
The feeling of dance and meaning of body movement. Power Kindness Passion Beauty and Love This is what DANCE means for me. I feel that when I am dancing. I feel mad feeling of euphoria, immense happiness and it is unreal huge love and gratitude to everyone who watch me dancing. If it is the real dance - you present the people with dreams, emotions, and love. I would like to share one secret with ...
Virtue and Moir began their season at the first Grand Prix event, Trophée Eric Bompard where they won the gold medal. Then they competed in the last Grand Prix event, Skate Canada, on home ice in Kitchener. They again won the gold medal and set a season best overall score for ice dance with a total of 204.38. They went to the Grand Prix Final where they took the silver medal, behind American training mates Meryl Davis and Charlie White. At the Canadian Championships in London, Virtue and Moir beat the field by 37 points. They earned level fours on all elements in their free skate aside from the two step sequences to claim their third straight national title.
This year at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Virtue and Moir represented Canada in the category of ice dancing. From February 19 to 22, people from all over the world watched as the Canadian couple danced beautifully through their compulsory, original, and free dance. They placed second in the compulsory dance, but placed first in both the original and free dance. The total score in their compulsory and original dance was 111.15, placing them first in the entire competition. The free dance got them an additional score of 110.42, making the total 221.57. Virtue and Moir had won gold! With a 5.83 score difference from silver medalists Davis Meryl and White Charlie from the United States, they couldn’t be more proud to be Canadian.
Off the ice, Tessa Virtue is a part time student at the University of Windsor, majoring in Psychology. She loves ballet, modern dancing, traveling, and golf. Tessa supports the Thames Valley Children’s Centre and is devotes herself to Humane Society projects.