OWL Awards Dinner Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir Interview

Question: I'm wondering, does it ever get old for the two of you to hear yourselves introduced as Canadian, Olympic and World champions? Does it ever get old for you?
Scott: I don't know if it really hit yet to be honest. Sometimes when they go "Olympic champion, two time silver medalists", sometimes I think they're introducing someone else.
Tessa: It's very disconnected
Scott: I don't really feel like that's really us, but what's great is to come back to a community like this and feel the support of the people who really there rooting for you through those times, both in Vancouver and in Sochi

art on ice 2015

Tessa's interview with Strong Fitness Magazine

Tessa Virtue is the kind of woman who walks into a room and leaves an impression.

Maybe it’s her genuine smile or her contagious enthusiasm, but more likely it’s because you know that you’re hanging out with a very accomplished young woman—although she’s hardly the type to mention it. By the time she was 20, Tessa was an Olympic pairs ice dancer (along with partner, Scott Moir), earning gold at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and two silver medals in 2014 in Sochi. Now that she’s stepped back from intense competing, she’s able to open herself up to a world of new and exciting opportunities, from career-related projects to new personal goals.

We caught up with this inspiring 25-year-old to find out what life is all about now that she’s spreading her wings.

Read more here

Bradley and Walker Radio Show

full interview here


Host: Olympic gold medalist and Canadian hero, Tessa Virtue! Tessa, thanks for coming on the show so early. ... Where are we talking to you today?

Tessa: I'm actually in L.A. I'm here for a costume fitting

Host: We have a costume fitting today also. ... We saw you posted today on Twitter about the anniversary of the gold medal in Vancouver, which really -- the farther we get away from it, the more we'll remember what a great moment that was. You said that in your career, that was far and away the number one moment. Do you think differently now than you did one year ago?

Tessa: You know, it's so interesting. I posted that [photo] in a selfish way to reflect on the past year and I could not believe the outpouring of support. It was incredibly touching to receive all of these comments from fans on Sochi. ... Is it it normal to feel that disconnected? It's like someone else accomplished those things. The photos and videos don't feel like it was me. That's only a year out. I can't imagine 20 years from now how I'll be feeling but it's just incredible. I can't believe the past year has just flown by. ... The team was close. There were a lot of text messages flowing back and forth between the athletes. It was just a unique feeling and we were so grateful to have had those experiences ...

tedx youth talk

Spotlight: Official video

tessa and scott were in toronto give a talk to local youth. they spoke about the starting years, the sacrifice and the lessons learned. if they were going to sacrifice friends and family, then they had to make it count, right? they then took us through vancouver, the overtraining injury and then sochi. they still insist that they were happy, even though they won silver. it was simple and would be inspiring for youth. "someone is going to do it, someone is going to win the olympics. why not you?"


Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Entire talk
Part 1 (2nd copy)
Part 2 (2nd copy)
Part 3 (2nd copy)
Official video


tessa and scott on stage
tessa and scott on stage
fan with scott
fan with tessa
tessa before the event
tessa with tedx sign
another stage photo
scott and tessa with group
scott with girl
scott with girl 2
scott with group
tessa with girl
tessa with group
tessa and scott with someone else
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rolling stones

"Sometimes I feel I’m going nowhere, sometimes I’m sure I never will. She said it’s ‘cos I’m always moving. I never notice ‘cos I never stand still."

Montage by Tessa Scott
Song by Passenger

game on!

screengrab from introduction

In this interview with Game On!, Tessa and Scott talk about whether or not they're retired. They say they're taking a year off, but they don't know. It's certainly odd not to be competing because they're so used to it. Scott watches some of the skating but Tessa doesn't. They also speak about their job as emcees of Gold Medal Plates on November 12, an organization that helps to fund Own The Podium, which in turn helped to fund Tessa and Scott. They hadn't been to one before so it was daunting to then host it, but they enjoyed themselves and the food, which featured the best restaurants from that area.

Tessa and Scott then were asked about being the greatest skaters in Canadian history. "It's high praise. I'm not sure it's true." Tessa said they're not far enough removed to really have that title. They come from a big country of figure skating greats. "Imagine where Tessa would be if I didn't hold her down?" quipped Scott. "Hopefully there'll be kids who will blow us out of the water".

They were also asked to reflect on the Vancouver Olympics. "When we look at photos, it takes us right back there," said Scott. "Even though it felt like we were kids at 20 and 22. At the same time, it was a special moment, seeing the whole country come together for the games."

About Sochi, "Sochi was a dream, from beginning and end. I think people are surprized to hear that," offered Tessa. "Going in, we're healthy, four years older. We knew what to expect from an Olympic games. We were closer with our fellow Canadian athletes. Then we had our best performances. There really wasn't much more we could have asked for. We got off the ice feeling almost better than we did in Vancouver. It was just magically. Of course, we were disappointed with our silver, but we weren't disappointed with our skates. The reactions of happiness and joy are genuine."

They then were brought back to the time they started dating at 7 and 9, and Scott broke up with Tessa over the phone. "Two days later we were at the rink, skating and still not talking to each other."

And the goose. The goose made it into the lexicon like the axel and flip. The eagle and goose story comes out again, with eagle being the original American term for the lift and the goose being the Canadian version of the name.

About being in London, they can fly under the radar.


Interview with Game On! (starts 13:40)
Game On! (via Youtube)