Why Virtue & Moir deserve to win Gold at Sochi 2014.
Not since Grisuk and Platov have an ice dance team captivated the figure skating world. With their on-ice chemistry, spectacular lines and enviable technique, Virtue and Moir have cemented their place in ice dance history as being some of the greatest technicians the sport has ever seen.
That being said, it was with a heavy heart that I watched their Free Dance choreography for this season. It is at times disjointed and flow-less, a far cry from ‘Mahler’ their Gold winning routine at Vancouver. Speculations have been thrown around about Zoueva’s preference and favourtism between her ice dance teams. As the two best couples in the world, Virtue & Moir and Davis & White’s rivalry has been a topic of great discussion. However, this season, Davis & White’s choreography lends itself to an Olympic winning program. Their choreography is far superior and suited to their athletic style. Davis and White will win Olympic Gold however it would be a tremendous shame if Virtue and Moir were given silver. Not that silver is anything to sneeze at but it would show that all the technique mastery in the world cannot be trumped by the exquisite choreography Davis & White’s hold.
I personally would like Virtue and Moir to win Gold. Not for the seven minutes that they will be on the ice in Sochi, but for the 17 years that they have committed to becoming the best skaters of our generation.