back to basics for virtue

From Globe and Mail --

Even so, earlier this season, Virtue and Moir continued to be defeated by reigning world champions and their archrivals, Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States. At every meeting since the 2010 world championships, the Americans had taken the measure of the Canadians.

Moir wasn’t pleased when Davis and White defeated them at the Grand Prix final in Quebec City last December. They still had one piece of the puzzle to put together.

The defeat at the world championships last year and the frustrations of last season – when Virtue and Moir competed only once, (they withdrew during the free dance at Four Continents and didn’t finish the competition), took its toll on their psyches. It rattled them, somewhat.

“We wanted to prove ourselves,” Virtue said of their early-season mindset. “I think we wanted to prove so badly that we were healthy and trained and ready to compete. And that mentality was not necessarily the right approach for us.”

Moir said they felt they had to show their Olympic victory was not a flash in the pan and that “the magic was still there. Your mind starts playing tricks on you and it’s a lot of pressure.”

During the Olympic year, they had a different way of thinking. They went into a personal bubble, where they allowed nothing to touch them. It was “a place of positive energy,” Virtue said. “We can let it get away from us if we are focused on the other distractions.”

Virtue and Moir said those distractions and learning experiences are now in the rearview mirror. At the Four Continents championship in Colorado Springs, Colo., five weeks ago, they showed the results of their new training regimen, some technical changes to their routines, and an aggressive, take-no-prisoners joy. The side benefit? They defeated Davis and White for the first time in almost two years.

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