There were so many exciting sports on display during the Winter Olympics. So it might seem unlikely that a pair of ice dancers would be the talk of the event.
But whenever Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir hit the ice, it’s all many Olympic fans can talk about. Their performances, and off-the-ice relationship, dominated social media conversations about the 2018 Winter Olympics. Here’s why.
1. Fans are obsessed with Moir and Virtue’s chemistry
After clinching their second set of gold medals in Pyeongchang, Moir and Virtue are officially the most decorated figure skaters in the history of the Olympics. They’re also two of the most popular. That’s not just because they’re insanely talented (and, let’s not kid ourselves, attractive) ice dancers. It’s because of their unique connection, whether they’re on the ice or off.
Their performances together are downright electric, thanks to their incredible chemistry. And their interactions when they’re giving interviews, or under the watchful eye of Olympic backstage cameras, are every bit as captivating. Moir and Virtue’s love for one another is completely obvious. So much so, that fans are kind of obsessed with figuring out whether they’re actually in love in real life or just great at acting like they are when they’re skating.
Luckily for these fans, the skating duo has offered some pretty obvious clues over the years as to what their relationship is like off-screen.
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2. They’ve been skating together forever
Virtue and Moir first met and began skating together when they were just kids — 7 and 9 years old, respectively. And they knew right away they had something special together.
Moir once said in an interview that she’s never questioned her decision to keep Virtue as her ice dancing partner. And Virtue agreed – he told Golden Skate, “ I think skating together for so long and we getting along so well gives us an advantage for sure. We always know what each other are thinking and how to react to each other.”
There’s no question that their longstanding partnership — now two decades old — has helped them succeed. And early in their relationship, it developed into something more than just professional.
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3. We know they used to date
When Moir and Virtue first started skating together, they felt sparks fly. And according to their former coach Paul McIntosh, even though they were kids, they started to pursue a romantic relationship together.
In 2018, McIntosh told The Canadian Press, “The whole world would like them to date. But they were ‘dating’ at age 9 and 7.” The fact of their off-ice romance might melt fans’ hearts. But according to McIntosh, their young love was short lived.
“I think Scotty broke it off,” McIntosh said. After all, they had careers to pursue, both on and off the ice.
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4. They’ve shared years of steamy moments on the ice
As a pair, and as individual athletes, Moir and Virtue have obviously worked hard to hone their craft. But they’re also savvy enough to know that having headline-grabbing routines can only help them in their quest for success.
Over the years, they’ve consistently gained attention for their sexy, steamy routines on the ice. From their passionate embraces to their overtly sexual lifts, Moir and Virtue have pushed a lot of boundaries where ice dancing is concerned. In fact, their racy take on Moulin Rogue! was so sexy, they had to tone it down for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Given their passion for skating, and obvious passion for each other on the ice, it’s no wonder fans of the duo are willing to watch their every move.
Next: Moir and Virtue’s relationship has been in the spotlight for years.
5. Their private lives were revealed on reality TV
Virtue and Moir’s have performed in three Olympic games since 2010. And each time, their relationship, and whether they are or aren’t dating, has been a mystery that fans are dying to solve. But that interest in their personal lives hasn’t stopped after they’ve marched at the Closing Ceremonies. Die-hard Virtue and Moir fans have been following their every move for years.
That fanaticism, in part, is what led to the 2014 documentary series, Tessa and Scott. The seven-episode W Network production followed the pair as they trained and attended to their professional and personal duties.
Tessa and Scott offered fans a glimpse into the lives of, as the series promised, “one of Canada’s most beloved couples.”
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6. Virtue and Moir have dodged real life romance rumors
It seems almost impossible to believe that a couple with that much chemistry could have a strictly platonic relationship. But so far, Virtue and Moir have dodged any insinuation that the romance they share on the ice is real. They’ve said for years that they have a “unique” relationship. And in a 2018 interview with the Today Show, Virtue deflected a question about whether they were in love with each other.
She told Savannah Guthrie, “We love performing together. We love storytelling, especially with Satine and Christian in the Moulin Rouge! program. That was really close to our hearts. We knew we wanted to skate to that music.”
For some fans, that’s not enough, though. They’re sure that even if they aren’t together, they’re meant to be.
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7. But are they dating other people?
Virtue, for her part, has said on more than one occasion that her dedication to her profession makes it hard for her to have a love life. And she’s said, in the past, that her relationship with Moir is complicated.
In other words, they don’t seem to be able to sustain a relationship with anyone else. But they also refuse to call themselves anything other than “best friends.”
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8. The drama around Virtue and Moir makes their relationship interesting
There’s no way of knowing for sure if Moir and Virtue are really in love in real life. And they’re happy to keep the mystery alive. When asked about whether their on-the-ice love affair was real, Moir told Guthrie, “That was the story we were telling… I’m happy that you fell in love with that.”
But whether their love affair is fiction or fate, fans love seeing them together. And they haven’t ruled out future skating engagements — which means we could be watching them play out their passionate affair on the ice for a while.
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