Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have quickly become Canada’s most beloved duo, ice dancing into the hearts of fans within and beyond our borders. It’s no wonder airports across the country were flooded with fans on Feb. 26 for their grand homecoming. In what may have been their final Olympic competition, Tessa and Scott scooped up two gold medals for ice dancing and team figure skating to bring home to the Great White North.
"I think it’s so special for us. Probably the honour of our lives."@ScottMoir and @tessavirtue talk to @CBCScottRussell about the importance of being the @TeamCanada flag bearers.https://t.co/RYczD05SmU#PyeongChang2018#UpWithCBC#CBCOlympicspic.twitter.com/P0k1fP4HCU— CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) February 9, 2018
The medalists were overwhelmed by massive crowds of fans waiting to greet the champions and have a flag (or Tim Horton’s coffee cup!) signed. Tessa, 28, and Scott, 30, who have been dancing together for more than 20 years, are as close as close can be. After a hiatus from the winter games, the dynamic pair pulled on the country’s heartstrings by performing record-breaking routines that ultimately won them two medals in Pyeongchang, South Korea – culminating in a show-stopping gala skate paying tribute to the late Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie. But this homecoming is bittersweet, as it’s their last time returning home from the Olympics.
Toronto’s Pearson International Airport erupted in cheers that could rival sports fans in the Olympic stands, the Toronto Star reported, as the athletes entered the arrivals area. “It’s so special to be back on home soil,” Tessa gushed to the crowd. “It was a tremendous Olympic Games for us, but we’re so happy to be back and celebrate with the country.” After arriving in London, Ontario, Scott shared with CTV News, “We’re tired but this is so exciting for us, we’ve been thinking about this moment being back home since we won the gold medal.”
The Freeborn family (mom and 2 daughters) & their new friend Grace Li (left) have been waiting for #TeamCanada since 2 pm. Its a family tradition to see the players come home. These four ladies bonded over hockey and #VirtueMoir. "They don't skate, they float," said mom, Connie pic.twitter.com/4uvPf2acUR— Fatima Syed (@fatimabsyed) February 26, 2018
In true Tessa and Scott fashion, the pair graciously signed autographs and took photos with eager fans who were screaming their names. But their legions of followers won't have to wait too long for the stars to lace up their skates again. This spring the duo set off on the Stars on Ice tour, stopping in 12 Canadian cities between April 27 and May 17.