Make no mistake, none of these results were "gimmes." Virtue and Moir had to consistently outperform the other skaters.
They take nothing for granted, knowing other teams are aiming for them. But, after a quick recovery, they continued almost as if the bobble had never happened.
(Ivan Sekretarev/Associated Press)When Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir announced in late 2016 that they were making a comeback, many wondered why.
Why re-enter the world of competitive figure skating when they had already won everything they could win?
As White says, "It has brought out the best in the other teams in part because Tessa and Scott have returned."The final test came at last week's world championships in Helsinki. Papadakis and Cizeron skated with the same kind of abandon.
The short dance was magical, with Tessa and Scott posting a new world-record score. They were flawless, moving some members of the audience to tears.
Papadakis and Cizeron faltered a bit, with Cizeron pushing through despite cutting his hand while trying to grab his blade during their twizzle sequence. Their speed, passion and mastery of technique produced a world-record score in the free dance, but it wasn't enough to deny Virtue and Moir their third world title — and first since 2012.
This meeting of old and new ice dance titans was wildly anticipated and neither team wanted anything except to put their best foot forward.She described the relationship between her and Moir during the show as something different than a husband and wife, dating, or being siblings–something else altogether. “It is just different,” Moir told the National Post in 2012, referring to the relationship between him and Virtue.“The person [a girlfriend] has to understand.” Moir said in one of the episodes that he would love to spend more time with Cassandra after skyping with her, but that he loves spending time with Virtue as well.But it's clear now, after winning their third world title, that the Canadian ice dance icons still bring out the best in each other.Some may have doubted the wisdom of their decision to return to skating, but Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir proved beyond a doubt that they're still capable of reaching new heights together.Ultimately, Tessa and Scott owned the short, free and overall scores to take the title.