When you own gold medals from National championships, Four Continents championships, World championships and the Olympic games, it’s hard to imagine your trophy case having any blank spaces in it.
Figure skating offers up one other major mountain to climb, and on Saturday in Marseille, France, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir ascended to the top.
The comeback kids that they have turned themselves into captured they only title that had ever eluded them. They won the Grand Prix ice dance final, protecting a lead that they held after Friday night’s short program.
Virtue and Moir’s final score of 197.22 points placed them ahead of Guillaume Cizeron and Gabriella Papadakis of France, who finished with a total of 192.81 points.
Maia and Alex Shibutani of the United States came third.
Virtue and Moir are most definitely the veterans of the circuit now. Maia Shibutani was only three years old when the pair from London and Ilderton first began competing together. That was back in 1997.
Their break from competition basically lasted from the end of the Sochi Winter Games in 2014 until their announcement that they would return in February of this year.
They had finished third at the Grand Prix Final on three separate occasions.
Their return has been nothing but spectacular, beginning with a win at the CS Autumn Invitational and then the Grand Prix Skate Canada International and the Grand Prix NHK Trophy.
Many who follow the sport closely continue to remark how relaxed Virtue and Moir seem on the ice.
The pair has moved to Montreal and is under the tutelage of Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon.
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