Why did Tessa Virtue retire?


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In September 2019, the figure skating world bid adieu to one of its most iconic duos, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, as they gracefully retired from competitive ice dancing.


The decision, announced in a heartfelt video, marked the end of a remarkable 22-year journey that had seen them become the epitome of excellence in their sport.

In the retirement video, Tessa Virtue shared, “After 22 years, it feels like the right time to step away from the sport. This is so personal and emotional for both of us.”

Scott Moir chimed in, “It just feels for us like it’s the right time to say goodbye while we’re still loving and enjoying the sport as much as we always have been. This is my first selfie video, and I’m not going to cry. What a beautiful ride it’s been.”

Their decision to retire was undoubtedly a poignant one, reflecting on the immense dedication, passion, and love they poured into their craft over more than two decades.

The duo’s performances had transcended the technical aspects of ice dancing, captivating audiences with their unparalleled artistry and magnetic chemistry on the ice.


Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir perform during the ice dance segment of the team figure skating event
Credit: Getty Images

While their retirement marked the end of an era in competitive figure skating, Virtue and Moir’s impact continued to resonate far beyond the rink.

In 2020, they received one of Canada’s highest honors, the Order of Canada, recognizing not just their athletic excellence but also their role in inspiring a new generation of figure skaters.

The year 2023 brought another accolade as they were inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. This prestigious recognition celebrated their enduring legacy in Canadian sports and acknowledged the profound influence they had on the figure skating community worldwide.

Virtue and Moir’s retirement was not merely an endpoint but a transition into a new chapter of their lives.

Their enduring friendship, artistic contributions, and the joy they brought to fans ensured that their legacy would endure, inspiring future generations of figure skaters to reach for greatness on and off the ice.


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