With the heat turned all the way up, Virtue and Moir got a ideal score at the Canadian Skating Nationals in Vancouver.
An adjustment has been made to the routine in an attempt to make it more family-friendly - a change the pair were expecting heading to Pyeongchang. "If that was bringing an edge or sexuality or darkness, or a contemporary feel to it, then mission accomplished I guess". The altered move will now be slightly altered so the pair don't hold the position as they have been doing all season-long. "Also, to be on Olympic ice, the energy in this building, being part of team Canada, what an experience for us".
The original move from January's nationals can be seen at the 2:26 mark in the video below.
The French ice dancing pair of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, who defeated Virtue and Moir in the Grand Prix Final, will not participate in the event.
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"I think we liked that it made a statement, and it was different", explained Virtue of the provocative draping silhouette, now ditched.
Kaetlyn Osmond, of Marystown, N.L., scored 71.38 to finish third in the women's short program, and her eight points were enough to keep Canada in the team lead with 35 points overall.
"We didn't know what to expect", said Moir about his third Olympics adventure. "And I think Canada has a great chance, and I think we're a great skating country, the choreographers, the coaches, the skaters that have come from our country are second to none, and I think it's very important for us to win this event". "That is the joy of the Olympic Games".
"The Olympics represent the highest level of achievement for athletes, and we couldn't be prouder of our B.C. competitors", said Tourism Minister Lisa Beare in a news release. After receiving silver in 2014 at Sochi, the pair retired from the sport, only to return in the 2016-17 season.