Olympic and world championship ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will skate one of their final performances at Mile One Centre in St. John’s on Nov. 23.
The pair announced their retirement from the sport after an illustrious career in which the duo became the most decorated Olympic figure skaters of all time.
Virtue and Moir, who became household names after winning a gold medal on home ice at the 2010 Olympics, delivered the message late on Tuesday on both of their Twitter accounts through a self-recorded video showing them skating around an empty rink.
They are currently taking part in the Rock The Rink Tour across Canada. Others on the tour include Marystown native Kaetlyn Osmond, who also officially announced her retirement, Patrick Chan, and Elvis Stojko of Canada, Italian Olympic medalist and world champion Carolina Kostner, Russian Olympic gold medalists and world champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, and Olympic medalist and four-time U.S. national champion, Jeremy Abbott.
The tour kicks off Oct. 5 in Abbotsford, B.C., wrapping up in St. John’s.
When Virtue and Moir won gold in Vancouver it marked a breakthrough for North American ice dance as the Canadian pair ended a streak of European dominance that had existed since the sport became an Olympic event in 1976.
They went on to earn a pair of silver medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and then won gold in both events four years later in Pyeongchang.
Their career also includes three world titles, most recently in 2017 when the victory capped an undefeated season, and they went on to led Team Canada as flag-bearers for the opening ceremony at the Pyeongchang Games.
With files from Reuters