In addition, they became the first ice dancers from North America to win an Olympic gold medal, ending the 34 year streak of the Europeans.
They became the first former World Junior ice dance champions to win the Olympics, and the first ice dance team to win the Olympic gold on home ice.
At the time, Virtue and Moir said "the opportunity to work outside the confines of the competitive rules is really refreshing and should add a new dimension to [their] skating." They skated regularly in performance shows, including Stars on Ice and Medallists on Ice.
But the pair never officially retired, and have been contemplating a return publicly for nearly a year.
"I think the biggest motivation is just that we still love the sport." said Moir.
With partner Tessa Virtue, he is the 2010 Olympic champion, the 2014 Olympic silver medalist, three-time World champion (2010, 2012, 2017), three-time Four Continents champion (2008, 2012, 2017), the 2016–17 Grand Prix Final champion, the 2006 World Junior champion and seven-time Canadian national champion (2008–2010, 2012–2014, 2017).
Is it like actors in a movie where you fall in love, or in lust, almost be default?
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Skating together for 20 years, they are currently the longest lasting dance team in Canadian history.
Virtue and Moir are the world record score holders for the original dance.