Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir announce retirement from ice dancing and Canada is crying
Canada's favourite skating duo will soon be no more, and no one can really believe their time on ice has come to an end.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir announced their plan to retire from ice dancing in a video online late last night.
"After 22 years, it feels like the right time to step away from the sport," Virtue says in the video as the two skate around together.
Thank you ❤️ #VirtueMoir #XXII pic.twitter.com/poZEnEljAp— Tessa Virtue (@tessavirtue) September 18, 2019
The pair won gold at the Pyeongchang Olympics in 2018, earning them their fifth Olympic medal and making Canada fall even more in love with them.
"How lucky are we that we've gotten to share all of this together and and with all of you?," Virtue continues in the video.
Fortunately, their retirement will only come after their upcoming Rock The Rink tour, which will combine ice dancing with live rock and roll music.
The tour begins on October 5 and it'll touch down in Mississauga on November 6.
Virtue and Moir have been skating together since they were eight and 10 years old, respectively. Over the past 22 years they've won medals, captured hearts, and convinced the world they're in love.
#VirtueMoir #XXII— may 🐼 (@maybe0bsessed) September 18, 2019
Don't leave us. 😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/AWrwusybaL
And though Canada still can't seem to accept that the two share a platonic friendship, the harder truth to accept is that their partnership is ending.
Me now that #VirtueMoir have announced their retirement and their last tour together pic.twitter.com/zKcR0knbVS— audrey (@audreylovesVM) September 18, 2019
Canadians are taking to Twitter to thank the pair for what they've shared with us over the years.
The greatest there ever was, the greatest there ever will be— Sydney (@smizemadison) September 18, 2019
Thanks for the smiles @ScottMoir @tessavirtue we will miss both of you more than you'll ever know #VirtueMoir 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/7HeSI7qpjs
And it's clear many are hoping the announcement is some kind of joke.
Please say sike #VirtueMoir— Zoe Meier (@ZoeMeier3) September 18, 2019
But others are simply expressing their gratitude for the years we've gotten to witness.
No, thank you for everything. 😭♥️🙏🏼 #VirtueMoir #XXII https://t.co/H4Djd6PrZt— Karla Marte (@kmarte2) September 18, 2019
"People have showed up, they've supported us year after year over a 22 year career and we feel like the most fortunate kids in Canada still," Moir says in the video.
"It just feels for us like it's the right time to say goodbye but we're still loving and enjoying the sport as much as we always have... What a beautiful ride it's been, so thank you."
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