Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were the youngest Olympic ice dance champions in history last year (not to mention the first North Americans to win gold), but Virtue is now resting a quad injury that already sidelined their shot at a Four Continents championship and may give them a few headaches throughout 2011. All the way back in 2008, Virtue had surgery to release a growing pressure that was mounting in her chins after an overuse injury acquired as a teenager. Although the surgery did not settle down the pain, Moir-Virtue chose to keep the issue silent for fear that they might lose a step against competitors.
At each mark along their successful journey, the challenges became more and more difficult, leading Virtue to the most trivial of problems like walking through a shopping mall or going to grab a bite to eat. Once it became a challenge to do simple tasks, it was time for her to get on the mend and focus on real recovery. Turns out, avoiding any time for rest caused the pressure in her chin to spread all the way into her calves, requiring an even greater urgency for time off and a second surgery. Now that Virtue has had that surgery, things have changed quite a bit.
For the last year, they have both been able to recuperate their minds and bodies for a return to skating glory. And the dancing world will gladly welcome them back. Only time will tell how ‘back’ they are when this darling couple walk out onto the ice hand-in-hand for the first time in over a year.