Hosted by veteran broadcasters Scott Russell and Andi Petrillo, Road to the Olympic Games chronicles athletes’ journeys on and off the field of play. Here’s what to look for on this weekend’s show on CBC Television and CBCSports.ca.
HELSINKI, Finland — If the old adage, “It takes two,” is true, then when it comes to Canadian sport, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir take the cake.
They are arguably the longest surviving partnership in the annals of athletic endeavour in this country.
This week at the world figure skating championships they are celebrating their 20th anniversary competing together.
“Our first time out she was seven and I was nine,” Moir said with a chuckle as he prepared for practice. “We’ve shared a lot over the years. We’ve gone through growth spurts at basically the same time and the homes where we grew up were very close to each other.”
Virtue and Moir are closing out what could be a triumphant comeback season. They are chasing a third world title and then next year, if all goes according to plan, will compete for another Olympic gold medal to accompany the one they captured in Vancouver in 2010.
They’ve looked brilliant each time they’ve skated here. The practice sessions are well attended and they are obviously adored. It’s safe to say they are two of the biggest headliners of this summit on ice.
Twenty years is a long time any way you look at it. In sport a partnership of this longevity is almost unheard of.
Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion, the synchronized divers who won two Olympic medals, first appeared together at the world championships in Montreal in 2005 and their run lasted 11 years before Filion retired after the Rio de Janeiro Games.
The legendary equestrian tandem of Ian Millar and his mount, Big Ben, competed for a dozen years, winning more than 40 Grand Prix titles and back-to-back World Cup finals.
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