Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir had the world on the edge of their seats as they completed what was likely their final Olympic performance, securing the gold medal and solidifying the place of the wold's most decorated ice dancers in the hearts of Canucks. Now, the duo will pay tribute to another homegrown talent: The Tragically Hip's Gord Downie. For their gala skate on Saturday (Feb. 24), Tessa and Scott have selected "Long Time Running" as their soundtrack.
"When I think about Gord and I think about the Hip and what they've been able to do, it's kind of the soundtrack to being Canadian almost," Scott said. "It's special for us that we get to skate to the Hip, and it's our tribute to one of my heroes and a guy who was so wonderfully weird, and just how he embraced life."
The skater and his country at large lost their hero Gord last October when the charismatic front man and activist lost his two-year battle with terminal brain cancer. Paying tribute to the 53-year-old just weeks after his passing, Tessa and Scott debuted their Tragically Hip routine at an event in Saskatchewan (watch below!).
At the time, Tessa said, "The lyrics of "Long Time Running" also are easy for us to connect with for our career, but we're really looking forward to performing that on Olympic ice.'' And now, after bumping their medal tally up to five, the 28-year-old and her 30-year-old partner of 20 years will have the chance.
With celebrities like Ryan Reynolds in their corner and the world at their skates, we're sure there won't be a dry eye in the house come Saturday.