Pairs figure skating is one of the most compelling sports to watch, if you ask me. Requiring equal parts athleticism and dance skill — not to mention chemistry with your partner — watching a duo effortlessly glide across the ice is always a sight to behold. When I was a kid, I thought all the pairs skaters were couples in real life and it was shock to learn that many of them had strictly professional relationships.
If you’re like me and are looking forward to watching graceful pairs take the ice at the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, you’re going to want to watch this video of Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir at the Canadian Skating Nationals earlier this month. Skating to music from the 2001 film “Moulin Rouge,” they totally nailed it, and their chemistry was undeniable:
The judges thought their free dance performance was pretty amazing, too, and they earned their eighth national title at the event. While some saw their performance — particularly the musical choice — as a bit risqué, Virtue said the program was simply meant to set them apart from their competition.
“We knew that taking the ice at an Olympic Games again meant that we needed to have a different style,” Virtue told The Star. “We wanted to make a bit of a different statement. If that was bringing an edge or sexuality or darkness, or a contemporary feel to it, then mission accomplished I guess.”
The pair were the first North Americans to win the Olympic Gold Medal for ice dance at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Games. They then won two silver medals at the 2014 Olympics Games in Sochi. Next month, they will once again compete in the 2018 Games, where they will also serve as Canada’s flag bearers.
The two do have a romantic past, having first met when Moir was nine and Tessa was seven — as kids, they dated for a month! Though they’re no longer a couple (they said their relationship is strictly business), their chemistry on the ice obviously continued. We can’t wait to see them go for the gold again!