an entire season without them


it's been a while since we saw them on championship ice, and by them i mean tessa and scott. i remember when they took their final bows, then skated off the ice to receive their career best scores which would place them second at the olympics. i remember because tears would fill my eyes and i'd get emotional. it felt like the end.

but then the new season started and i had to make a few choices. do i continue to follow figure skating at all or do i move on? and if i do continue, do i follow each event or do i tune in for worlds? basically, do i get invested in the season at all? and do i get invested in any other skater?

i don't know if other fans had this dilemma. i ended up following the entire season so i saw the ascent of weaver and poje. i felt appreciation for a few dances, but there wasn't a team that really captured my imagination. that said, this was great. i found myself watching the entire ice dance flight, instead of just tuning in for tessa and scott. i found myself being able to relax, even when the competition heated up, because i wasn't invested in any particular outcome. but more importantly, i was able to enjoy many dance teams. this actually reminded me of when i travelled to london, ontario, to watch the 2010 nationals. i remember enjoying every dance team that i saw.

but as i watched, i found myself analyzing how the landscape was changing and how that affected a tessa and scott comeback. at skate canada, they pretty much unretired themselves and said that they might come back. so ... the fact that weaver and poje won bronze at worlds means that there is still room for tessa and scott to come back. they haven't actually equalled tessa and scott's best results. but the fact that they won the grand prix final and their season was almost undefeated means that they're very competitive. plus, the fact that gabriella and guillaume won worlds means that tessa and scott probably are not going to train in montreal with marie france simply because that's where gabriella and guillaume train and it gets really complicated when two world number 1s train under the same coach and go after the same gold.

did i miss tessa and scott? yes, but it was most acute at the beginning of the season when everyone's paso let me down. i immediately wondered what kind of a paso tessa and scott could have created. i started to miss a program i never saw -- weird but understandable. i thought back to their paso compulsory dance, to their flamenco original dance and to carmen in order to believe that it would have been spectacular.

by the end of the season, both tessa and scott were firmly on social media so their tweets were all over my feed. they had skated in shows such as skate niagara and art on ice. they were still showing up at nationals as commentators. we still got to hear tessa's laugh, see scott's sense of humour play out, and watch them soak in their new life.

OWL Awards Dinner Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir Interview




Question: I'm wondering, does it ever get old for the two of you to hear yourselves introduced as Canadian, Olympic and World champions? Does it ever get old for you?
Scott: I don't know if it really hit yet to be honest. Sometimes when they go "Olympic champion, two time silver medalists", sometimes I think they're introducing someone else.
Tessa: It's very disconnected
Scott: I don't really feel like that's really us, but what's great is to come back to a community like this and feel the support of the people who really there rooting for you through those times, both in Vancouver and in Sochi


art on ice 2015

Tessa's interview with Strong Fitness Magazine



Tessa Virtue is the kind of woman who walks into a room and leaves an impression.

Maybe it’s her genuine smile or her contagious enthusiasm, but more likely it’s because you know that you’re hanging out with a very accomplished young woman—although she’s hardly the type to mention it. By the time she was 20, Tessa was an Olympic pairs ice dancer (along with partner, Scott Moir), earning gold at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and two silver medals in 2014 in Sochi. Now that she’s stepped back from intense competing, she’s able to open herself up to a world of new and exciting opportunities, from career-related projects to new personal goals.

We caught up with this inspiring 25-year-old to find out what life is all about now that she’s spreading her wings.

Read more here

Bradley and Walker Radio Show


full interview here


excerpt:

Host: Olympic gold medalist and Canadian hero, Tessa Virtue! Tessa, thanks for coming on the show so early. ... Where are we talking to you today?

Tessa: I'm actually in L.A. I'm here for a costume fitting

Host: We have a costume fitting today also. ... We saw you posted today on Twitter about the anniversary of the gold medal in Vancouver, which really -- the farther we get away from it, the more we'll remember what a great moment that was. You said that in your career, that was far and away the number one moment. Do you think differently now than you did one year ago?

Tessa: You know, it's so interesting. I posted that [photo] in a selfish way to reflect on the past year and I could not believe the outpouring of support. It was incredibly touching to receive all of these comments from fans on Sochi. ... Is it it normal to feel that disconnected? It's like someone else accomplished those things. The photos and videos don't feel like it was me. That's only a year out. I can't imagine 20 years from now how I'll be feeling but it's just incredible. I can't believe the past year has just flown by. ... The team was close. There were a lot of text messages flowing back and forth between the athletes. It was just a unique feeling and we were so grateful to have had those experiences ...

tedx youth talk


Spotlight: Official video


tessa and scott were in toronto give a talk to local youth. they spoke about the starting years, the sacrifice and the lessons learned. if they were going to sacrifice friends and family, then they had to make it count, right? they then took us through vancouver, the overtraining injury and then sochi. they still insist that they were happy, even though they won silver. it was simple and would be inspiring for youth. "someone is going to do it, someone is going to win the olympics. why not you?"

video

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Entire talk
Part 1 (2nd copy)
Part 2 (2nd copy)
Part 3 (2nd copy)
Official video

photos

tessa and scott on stage
tessa and scott on stage
fan with scott
fan with tessa
tessa before the event
tessa with tedx sign
another stage photo
scott and tessa with group
scott
scott with girl
scott with girl 2
scott with group
tessa with girl
tessa with group
tessa and scott with someone else
tessa with tedx t

rolling stones

"Sometimes I feel I’m going nowhere, sometimes I’m sure I never will. She said it’s ‘cos I’m always moving. I never notice ‘cos I never stand still."


Montage by Tessa Scott
Song by Passenger