That doesn't stop fans from hardcore shipping them. You've watched the sizzling performances. You've seen the GIFs. You've spent 47 minutes down a YouTube rabbit hole after realizing there are fan fiction videos dedicated to Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. And yet facts remain facts: The Canadian figure skating partners are just friends.
Virtue and Moir performed a sexy routine Sunday night during the team figure skating competition. Not only did it help Canada take home the gold medal, but it left Olympic viewers wondering yet again if they're an item off the ice.
Moir and Scott during their winning ice dancing performance on Sunday, February 11 in Pyeongchang. Alas, this is one Olympics ship that will stay in port. But let's take a look a look back at where all the rampant guesswork originated from, and what Virtue and Moir have said about their partnership.
The "Moulin Rogue" routine sparked a lot of speculation on Twitter. Advertisement The choreography was beautifully synchronized and full of passionate lifts and sweeping stretches of hand-holding. Virtue and More had toned down some of the choreography that was too sexual, and made it a more family-friendly display of passion.
A dash of heteronormative chemistry is a major aspect of partnered figure skating performances, and Virtue and Moir have consistently shown more acted-out passion than their competitors. People went wild with speculation about their on-ice chemistry being a reflection of true love. Word spread that they're just friends, but people still couldn't help themselves.
One woman shared a GIF of Virtue and Moir reaching for each other's hands while skating around the arena after the competition: Then the VirtureMoir fan accounts — many of which have existed for years — starting surfacing among mainstream Twitter.
People scanned old interviews between Virtue and Moir, and found snippets they deemed suspiciously romantic. There, people have edited together clips of the figure skating partners into romantic fan-fiction set to songs like "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri — a tune best known for appearing in the "Twilight" saga movies.
The channel that made the above video is simply called TessaVirtueandMoir. The account was created in and has uploaded dozens of other montages of Virtue and Moir set to romantic tunes.
Advertisement Then there are smaller clips others have uploaded, including one from the Sochi Olympics. This video was taken during the broadcast of the warm-up, and you can see Virtue and Moir kiss or almost kiss? While the camera focuses in on Virtue and Moir, an announcer says, "They just pay so much attention to the details […] sometimes though they get so caught up in the dance and each other. In interviews about their stellar working relationship, Virtue and Moir are upfront about how they dated for several months — when they were children.
Last fall Virtue shared a video compilation of their evolution as partners on Instagram, captioned with hashtags VirtureMoir 20years XX: Virtue and Moir figure skating history at ages 20 and 22, respectively, when they became the youngest gold medal winners at the Vancouver Olympics.
Their relationship has always been platonic and professional. They continued working together, and each time they returned to the global stage, people wonder again if there's something more to the professional chemistry on display. Virtue and Moir during their medal ceremony at the Vancouver Olympics. In the same segment, Virtue said she'd make a "terrible" girlfriend because her focus is so singularly on the Olympics and therefore training with Moir.
Advertisement Flash forward to Pyeongchang , and Virtue and Moir now 28 and 30 said they still get the dating question. On February 13 — two days after the explosive "Moulin Rouge! They're just very good at their jobs. Moir also spoke with Canadian news site Macleans about the perception of romance between him and his partner. What we have is such a cool relationship. It's more about a friendship, our working relationship is so strong.
We take so much pride in that. Virtue and Moir will be skating more this week in the hopes of winning more gold medals for Canada. Check out the full skating program schedule on NBC to see when the VirtueMoir team will be competing next.
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