Canadian Olympic gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of London, Ontario were named the Canadian Press Team of the Year on Friday. Virtue and Moir won the gold medal in ice dancing and team figure skating at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.
In ice dancing, Virtue and Moir won their third Olympic medal after winning the gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the silver medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. They posted a winning score in Pyeongchang of 206.07 points. Virtue and Moir beat Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France by a slim 0.79 points to claim the top prize.
In the team figure skating competition, Virtue and Moir won the gold medal alongside Patrick Chan of Ottawa, Ontario, Gabrielle Daleman of Toronto, Ontario, Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, Newfoundland, Meagan Duhamel of Sudbury, Ontario and Eric Radford of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Canadian team posted an overall point total of 73 points to beat the Olympic Athletes from Russia by seven points. It was the first time ever that Canada won the gold medal in the team figure skating competition. Virtue and Moir previously won the Olympic silver medal in the team event at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, when the event made its Olympic debut.
Also in 2018, Virtue and Moir won the gold medal in ice dance at the 2018 Canadian Figure Skating Championships in Vancouver. It was their eighth national title.
Virtue and Moir become the second Canadian figure skating team to win the Canadian Press Team of the Year Award. In 2001, Canadian pairs figure skaters Jamie Sale of Calgary, Alberta and David Pelletier of Sayabec, Quebec won the award.