Winter Olympics 2018: Canadian figure skating duo modify routine after being told it was 'too sexy'

Defending gold medallists Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue decided to modify their risqué lift 

Jack Austin
Sunday 11 February 2018 11:28
Virtue and Moir's performance at the 2017 NHK Trophy

A pair of Winter Olympics figure skating going for gold in Pyeongchang this month have been told to change their routine after it was deemed too ‘suggestive’ and ‘edgy’ to perform for global audiences.

The Canadian pairing of Scott Moir and his partner Tessa Virtue are looking for their second Olympic gold medal in ice dancing decided to modify their risqué lift during their routine.

The lift sees Virtue come out of an up-thrust with her legs hooked around Moir’s shoulders while clasping her hands behind the back of his head. The altered move will now be slightly altered so the pair don’t hold the position as they have been doing all season-long.

According to the Toronto Star, “the Canadian Press was leery of moving photos which captured the pose.”

“What it came down to actually was that when we slowed it down and looked on the video, it wasn’t aesthetically that beautiful of a position,” Moir told the Toronto Star. “So we wanted to change it, make it a little bit better.”

“I think we liked that it made a statement, and it was different,” explained Virtue of the provocative draping silhouette, now ditched. “And that was great for the start of the season. But for the overall vision of the program, we hope that this new position fits a little better.”

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