A fifth national title, sealed rather emphatically with a solid short and a powerful free dance.
Should have been reason for nothing but smiles for Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. And yes, if you’ll pardon the pun, maybe a little happy dance.
But alas, there was the matter of the ‘3.00’ that showed up in the violations column when their scores were posted on the scoreboard at the Hershey Centre earlier today. If you were among those puzzled ... well, Virtue and Moir were left scratching their heads, too.
Three separate one-point time deductions on lifts (later corrected to two) which gave cause for pause about the points that got away. “We can’t have that type of score,” Moir said. "We were excited because that was an awesome skate for us."
The good news is, it’s an easy fix, at least in Moir’s mind.
“Marina (Zoueva, their coach) is going to be all over me now with a stopwatch for the next two months,” he said. “To lose the points is disheartening but at the same time, it’s easy because we have (the mistakes) in black and white on paper."
Nationals also gave Virtue and Moir a chance to perform in front of a full house of home country fans. It’ll be more of the same — and then some — at Worlds, which will be held right in the Canadian duo’s hometown. They’re the faces of the event, without a doubt, and they’re ready for the onslaught of attention.
“This (weekend) was a great warmup for that,” Virtue said with an eye toward the global competition in London this March. “The crowd here was amazing, so loud and so supportive.”
Something tells me that, as that old song goes, they ain’t seen nothing yet.
We’ll close out our weekend here in Mississauga on a humorous note.
After Saturday’s short dance, Virtue and Moir got into a rather fascinating discussion about their own personal legacy to the sport. Even with an Olympic gold medal, two World and five national titles that dot their resume, they remain two very humble, down-to-earth people.
Along that vein, we asked Canada’s dynamic duo this:
“What do you say to people who come up to you and say ‘you’re my idols.’”
Moir, who rarely passes on a chance to wisecrack, seized the opening and deadpanned his quick response:
“Are you crazy?”
(and, no, he wasn’t referring to me).
Thanks for sharing these moments with me. I will be live from London in March.