Ice dance royalty reigns at skate Canada

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Ice dance royalty reigns at Skate Canada International with Prince inspired program


Canada’s Olympic gold and silver medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir capture the Skate Canada International title in their return to competitive ice dancing, more then two years after their last major competition. Skating to music royalty (Prince), Virtue and Moir won the short dance on Friday and were able to win gold after Saturday’s free dance.  The pair stepped away from the ice after the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and have their sights set on winning another gold at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang.

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Virtue, Moir honour Prince

The tribute that Canadian ice dance stars Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir put together in honour of Prince certainly hit the right chord at Skate Canada International on Friday night. Competing in their first Grand Prix event in two seasons, Virtue and Moir brought the Mississauga Hershey Centre crowd to their feet after performing a Prince-inspired short program. Skating to parts of three songs composed by the late singer-songwriter – “Kiss,” “Five Women” and “Purple Rain” – the three-time world champions and 2010 Olympic gold medallists earned a first-place score of 77.23, missing their all time best mark by only .49.

“It just felt right,” said Virtue. “We thrive in this competitive atmosphere and it just feels like we’re where we should be.” Read full article on the Toronto Sun >

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THE STAR: Ice dance royalty returns with Prince soundtrack

Jumping into a conversation halfway through lands on this remark: “Anything one-piece and backless, I’m all about that.”

No, we are not at the Paris fall runway shows. We’re at Skate Canada in Mississauga. And fashion matters. Tessa Virtue is discussing her Prince-inspired short-program costume — a sleek peek-a-boo catsuit with purple ruffle at the throat, exposing her gloriously sculpted shoulder blades. Searched high and low in the Prince video archives, did Virtue, for ensemble idea-kindling. “I thought about ass-less chaps but … ”

Oh my. We’re definitely not in ingénue Kansas anymore.

Ass-less chaps — check out Prince’s bringing-down-the-house “GETT OFF” performance at the 1991 MTV video music awards. A cheeky rendition with the late superstar turning around towards the end of the song to flash buttocks in the cut-out seat of his pants. Interesting factoid: There was no actual nakedness; Prince’s booty was covered by illusion netting. And illusion netting is widely used in figure skating costumes to appear like bare flesh from audience distance. So maybe the gone-too-soon Prince, so invested in his own iconic imagery, would have appreciated the tribute shout-out from Canada’s 2010 Olympic champions.

“A little daunting, designing costumes and making choreography,” admits Moir, 29, of skating to a short-program farrago of Prince songs — “Kiss,” “5 Women” and “Purple Rain.”


“He was a legend. We knew we had to come up with our own little way of doing Prince. We keep joking that we’re going to have to answer to him some day. I’m not sure he’s very happy, looking down.”

Pshaw. One suspects Prince would be utterly chuffed with his musical oeuvre as score for elite figure skating. It’s all showbiz, baby. The now well-ripened dance tandem, relaunching their Grand Prix career at Skate Canada this weekend after two years of retirement from competitive careers and aiming for the 2018 Winter Games, had long considered using Prince. Over the course of their heavily decorated history, their musical choices have veered from Pink Floyd to Gustav Mahler.

“We were on a Weeknd kick for a while,” Virtue reveals. “The problem with Prince is that we couldn’t find the blues.’’ Important because blues is a compulsory dance pattern for the short program this season. Then coach Patrice Lauzon discovered “5 Women”.

“Having an iconic musician like Prince sets the standard really high and we wanted to elevate our skating to match that calibre,” says Virtue. Read full article on The Star >


[Inspiration for Tessa and Scott’s new Prince costumes. Photo: Feeling Mode / Instagram]


The London Free Press, August 2016: Olympic champions lace up their skates, sharpen their program for return to competition

The first time Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir compete for points again, they will be ice dancing to Prince. The late, great musician isn’t easy on them.

“It’s so hard to cut Prince songs into three minutes,” Virtue said at the Olympic champs’ official relaunch Wednesday at Hershey Centre, site of Skate Canada’s high-performance training camp.

“We keep saying we fully expect we have to answer to Prince one day,” Moir joked.

This comeback short dance, after two years of show skating and personal pursuits, features a brief nod to Purple Rain at the end. Will Moir don that colour this season as an homage to one of music’s great innovators?

“We’re actually just drawing that up,” the 28-year-old Ilderton native said. “I might have to step outside of my comfort level. Time for new material. I just can’t wear all-black all the time anymore.”

“We want to be remembered as the people we are and good sportsmen.”

For now, it starts with a Kiss – one of Prince’s hit songs. Read full article on The London Free Press >


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For more on Prince visit Breakaway Daily’s tribute to The Purple One at


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