Tessa Virtue whose full name is Tessa Jane Virtue CM OLY (born May 17, 1989) is a former ice dancer from Canada. She’s known for being one of the best ice dancers having won 2 gold medals, in 2010 and 2018, and silver, in 2014, at the Olympics. She and her partner, Scott are known as all-time best dancers in the world.
Personal Life and Family
Tessa Virtue was born in the Canadian city of London. She is the youngest of four children born to Kate Virtue (mother) and Jim Virtue (father). She started skating when she was six years old, after being inspired by a school field trip to an ice rink. Virtue, then nine years old, turned down the opportunity to attend the National Ballet School two years into her partnership with Moir to focus on skating. Virtue was also taught martial arts as a child.
Virtue moved to Canton, Michigan, in the United States in 2004 to study under Igor Shpilband and Marina Zueva. She returned to London, Ontario, after the 2014 Olympics. She and Moir were coached by Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon in Montreal, Quebec, in 2016. Virtue and Moir call themselves “best friends” in their relationship. Virtue continued “It’s a special partnership. We both think the world of one another.”
She went to Holy Names High School in Windsor, Ontario, as well as AMDEC, an electronic learning centre in Stratford, Ontario. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Windsor in 2007 and was working on her master’s degree at the University of Western Ontario as of 2014. Virtue enrolled in Queen’s University’s Executive MBA program in the fall of 2020.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir started skating together in 1997, after Moir’s aunt, Carol Moir, who was coaching both of them at the time, paired them up. They left the Ilderton Skating Club early in their careers to training with Paul MacIntosh and Suzanne Killing in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. At the 2001 Canadian Championships, they were the pre-novice champions.
Virtue alongside her partner is the 2010 and 2018 Olympic champion, the 2014 Olympic silver medalist, a three-time World champion (2010, 2012, 2017), a three-time Four Continents champion (2008, 2012, 2017), the 2016–17 Grand Prix Final champion, an eight-time Canadian National champion (2008–2010, 2012–2014, 2017–2018), the 2006 World Junior champion and the 2006 Junior Grand Prix gold medalist with her ice dance partner Scott Moir. Virtue and Moir are also gold medalists in the team event at the 2018 Olympics and silver medalists in the team event at the 2014 Olympics.
They became the most decorated Canadian ice dance team of all time and the most decorated Olympic figure skaters of all time after winning their third Olympic gold medal. They are the only ice dancers in history to achieve a Super Slam, winning all major competitions in their senior and junior careers. They are widely regarded as one of the greatest ice dance teams of all time. For the now-defunct original dance, Virtue and Moir hold the world record score.
They won the Canadian junior championship in 2004 and were named the best ice dance team in Canada in 2007. They won silver at the 2008 World Championships and bronze at the 2009 World Championships, and they were the first ice dance team to receive a perfect score of 10.0 for a program component score under the new ISU Judging System. They became the first ice dancers from North America to win an Olympic gold medal in 2010, breaking the Europeans’ 34-year winning streak. Virtue and Moir are the first ice dancers to win a gold medal in their Olympic debut, and the youngest ice dance team to ever win an Olympic title.
After their first Olympic victory in 2010, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir remained one of the best ice dance teams in the world. They are World champions in 2010 and 2012, silver medalists in 2011 and 2013, and silver medalists in the 2014 Olympic ice dance and team event. They returned to competition in the fall of 2016 after a two-season hiatus and won the 2017 World Championships with an unprecedented undefeated season. They became only the second ice-dance team in history to win two Olympic gold medals in the individual event at the 2018 Olympics.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are the longest-running ice dance team in Canadian history, having skated together for over two decades. “They’ve become especially beloved by new and returning spectators alike for their passionate performances and undeniable chemistry, on and off the ice,” Time magazine wrote in 2018. Virtue and Moir announced on September 17, 2019, that they are “stepping away” from ice dancing after 22 years as partners. Virtue and Moir were both awarded the Order of Canada in 2020 “for their athletic excellence and for inspiring a new generation of figure skaters.”
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir retires
After 22 years of back to back outstanding performances on the ice, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir decided to retire on 17th September 2019. We will always miss them on the ice.
Who is Tessa Virtue engaged to?
Virtue confirmed her relationship with Toronto Maple Leaf’s defenseman Morgan Rielly in March 2020. According to Rielly, they met through a mutual friend.
Tessa Virtue is 34 years old. She was born on the 17th day of May 1989.
Tessa Virtue is worth $4,000,000. She made a huge chunk of her money as a Canadian skater and ice dancer.
Tessa Virtue and Andrew Poje
After Scott got engaged to his old dance partner, Jackie Mascarin. It was rumoured that Tessa Virtue started a relationship with Andrew Poje. However, there isn’t any confirmation from Tessa herself that it is true.
Tessa Virtue Instagram
Tessa is very active on her Instagram account. It’s one of the few platforms where she keeps in touch with her fans. Her over 400k followers will tell you that they hardly skip her posts.