Moir pins success on unusal friendship

Reuters - Sat, 27 Mar 09:43:00 2010

World and Olympic ice dance champion Scott Moir thanked his closest friends and rivals for spurring him on to glory with Canadian partner Tessa Virtue.

Tessa Virtue (L) and Scott Moir of Canada perform during the ice dance compulsory dance event at the World Figure Skating Championships in Turin - 0

Virtue and Moir sailed to their first world title in Turin when they pipped Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White, just as they did at the Vancouver Games last month.

The dominant quartet train together and share two coaches.

"We have always pressured each other for years and we push each other every day," said Moir, who won the title by a margin of 1.40 point.

"It's a relationship that really helps us a lot."

The friendship between the rivals is a far cry from the tensions on the men's circuit, where Russia's Yevgeny Plushenko lambasted the judging system and refused to accept that American Evan Lysacek had snatched his Olympic title in Vancouver.

Moir, 22, said they were careful not to ruin their closeness with Davis and White.

"We are such good friends, but we know the boundaries. We know when we shouldn't say things," he said.

Virtue and Moir set the pace after Tuesday's opening compulsory dance and also topped Thursday's original dance with a fiery Flamenco.

On Friday, they finished second in the free dance after being penalised for going out of sync in one of their twizzles but were able to seal overall victory thanks to the 1.86 point cushion they had carried into the final round.

"It's a big success and it's the icing on a cake," Moir said. "It's a very special moment for us. We love this programme, we love skating."

Virtue, 20, is fast becoming a top sex symbol in Canada but after the quickfire thrills of Vancouver and Turin she just wants to go home.

"We had 16 days in Vancouver where all the world was watching at us. It's so much fun," she laughingly told Reuters.

"We now want to go back to Canada because we were only able to spend one day at home after the Games."


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