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Ice Dance: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir

By Julye Huggins

In the March 2010 edition of The Dance Current print magazine, the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad is featured as the website of the month. Vancouver has certainly been lit up in a flurry of arts and sports, leading our athletes to success.Leaving the Olympics with a record breaking number of gold medals, Canadians are on top of their games. Last Monday, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir became Canada’s first, North America’s first and the youngest ice dance team to win gold, trumping the ranks with a score of 221.57.The couple had a nail-biting ride through this three-part figure skating event. They began in second after the compulsory dance, vaulted to first in the original dance and confirmed their standing in the free dance. The number that put them in the lead was this flamenco piece, which had earned them silver at the December Grand Prix in Tokyo. Igor Shpilband and Marina Zoueva are the choreographers and coaches of our gold medalists as well as Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the American couple that took silver.

Learn more: Cultural Olympiad

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