Tessa Virtue

“Don’t be delicate. Be vast and brilliant.”

Tessa Virtue, Canadian Olympic figure skater, 1989-present.

Tessa Virtue is the most decorated female figure skater in Olympic history with three gold and two silver medals. This historic moment occurred at PyeongChang in 2018, when she and long time partner Scott Moir won gold medals in both the ice dance and team events. 

Another career highlight was in Vancouver in 2010 when Virtue and Moir captured gold in front of the supportive home crowd, becoming the first North American ice dancers to be crowned Olympic champions. She credits her and Moir’s symbiotic relationship as well as grit and resilience for her success. “We would stop at nothing” she has said. 

The youngest of four in an athletic family, Virtue’s parents encouraged a variety of sports and she  joined a skating club for fun. She was first teamed with Moir by his aunt when she was seven and he was nine; they were both so shy they barely spoke. 

The pair went on to compete together for two decades, their momentum only briefly stalled in 2008 when Virtue underwent a series of surgeries on her calves and shins. Virtue has a love of fashion (remember the gorgeous burgundy dress in PyeongChang?) and is often involved in costume design.

In 2020, Virtue and Moir were appointed Members of the Order of Canada. After her 22-year career in sport, Virtue enrolled in an executive MBA at Queen’s University and joined a consulting firm. She is also an ambassador for Microsoft.


No items found.


No items found.