Winter Olympics skaters decide to tone down ‘raunchy’ routine
A pair of Winter Olympic figure skaters from Canada toned down their routine after deciding it was too raunchy for Olympic judges.
Canadian duo Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue won ice dancing gold in 2010 and silver four years later , but decided they needed to make their routine less sexually suggestive after triumphing at the Canadian Championships.
The move, which Moir had jokingly referred to as ‘porno’, saw Virtue come out of an up-thrust with her legs hooked around her partner’s shoulders and hands clasped behind the back of his head.
However, the new PG version – which was due to be on display in the team event ice dance free dance in the early hours of Monday morning – saw the hold last for just a fleeting moment before Virtue dipped one leg down and dismounted.
“I think edgy would probably summarise most of the programme quite well and that’s what we were going for,” Virtue told The Toronto Star.
“We knew that taking the ice at an Olympic Games again meant that we needed to have a different style.
“We wanted to make a bit of a different statement. If that was bringing an edge or sexuality or darkness, or a contemporary feel to it, then mission accomplished I guess.”
Moir insisted that altering the controversial move was not done at the behest of sponsors or broadcasters, but to give the pair a better chance of winning gold.
“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, so we wanted to change it, make it a little bit better,” he said.
The pair, who carried the Canadian flag at Friday’s Opening Ceremony, have skated together since 1997 when they were matched by Moir’s aunt. They have won three world titles in addition to their Olympic success.
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