Winter Games Athletes
The reigning ice dance Olympic gold medalists, Virtue and partner Scott Moir should feel awfully confident about defending their title in Sochi in what’s expected to be their final competitive performance before retirement. Virtue and Moir certainly haven’t acted comfortable the past four years after winning in front of a partisan Canadian crowd in Vancouver. They’ve worked on lifts with performers from Cirque Du Soleil, consulted with ballroom dancers and generally ratcheted up their programs in order to take their game to another level. It’s mostly worked, as they’ve entered and completed 20 international events since Vancouver and won gold or silver in all of them. Problem is, their biggest competition happens to have a similar track record - and also are training mates of Virtue and Moir. That would be American duo Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who share a practice rink in Detroit and a coach with Virtue and Moir and have been the even more dominant ice dancing duo of the last four years. The two have split the past four world titles, yet it’s Davis and White who came out on top in the last two major tournaments - the 2013 worlds and the 2013 Four Continents championships. But if Virtue and Moir can get the best of their friends in Sochi again, four years after having done it in Vancouver, they’ll without a doubt be remembered as the most dominant ice dancing duo of their generation.