While trying to convey a “hot” on-ice chemistry between skaters, is it possible for the ice-dancing duos to take it too far?
One Canadian ice dancing team took that risk when they busted out one particular move during a routine in January’s Canadian Skating Nationals. The team was Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue, a pair whose last names read in my head like “more virtue.” Irony!
The lift in question comes during a beautiful routine set to music from Moulin Rouge.
The lift was apparently to scandalous for Canada, as photos of the lift were not circulated to the press for fear of being too hot to handle.
At the 2:25 mark into the routine, Moir effortlessly lifts Virtue into the air and she straddles him… around his neck, with her business right there in his face as the two spin in circles. She keeps swinging, all the way down into his arms and back on the ice.
Those hoping to see the move during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics will be bummed, though, because it’s been removed. But not, as Moir told The Star, because they thought it was inappropriate.
“What it came down to actually was that when we slowed it down and looked on the video, it wasn’t aesthetically that beautiful of a position, so we wanted to change it, make it a little bit better,” said Moir this week after a practice at the Gangneung Ice Arena.