“Tessa and Scott: Our Journey from Childhood Dream to Gold” was released in early November. The hardcover volume is bursting with full-page photographs, more at home on a coffee table than tucked into a bookshelf.
Though the book is publicized as an autobiography, with the authors listed as “Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, as told to Steve Milton,” it is written from Milton’s perspective.
Instead of a juicy tell-all, Milton simply tells their story, leaving plenty of room for the Olympic champions’ own voices to come through. Always classy, Virtue and Moir remain respectful of their competitors and have no hesitation in thanking everyone who impacted their journey.
I usually find coffee table books to be heavy on photos but lacking in content. This is not the case here. Milton’s storytelling is captivating with a touch of sentimentality that comes off without sounding too schmaltzy.
Casual skating fans will appreciate the breakdown of the skating world’s structure, and dedicated fans will enjoy the inside perspective of what it’s like to turn the ice dancing world upside down with a rapid rise to the top.
The photos add an extra spark to the compelling story. Readers will love the never-before-seen photos from Virtue and Moir’s childhoods, as well as the early skating shots.
The book features plenty of full-page photos, including a stunning collection of their Olympic moments, and chronicles the pain Virtue endured in the two seasons leading up to the Olympics.
Unfortunately, in getting the book on the market quickly, the publisher cut some corners—many of the early skating photos are credited to Kate Virtue, Tessa’s mom. Although the early action photos were shots she collected over the years, it is unlikely that she took all of them.
Overall, the book is a must-have for fans of all ages. I’ve been following Virtue and Moir’s career closely for five years, but I found plenty of anecdotes I hadn’t read before, particularly from the early years.
Virtue and Moir’s honesty and vulnerability elevate this biography to a collectible.
Originally published in February 2011