Canadian ladies über
There's also the possibility of Virtue/Moir's tour which might be an attractive option for some show skating and a pay check.Surprized as its late in the season, but kudos to them as they have had a long and successful career - maybe it was time to step back and capitalize on some opportunities that may be more lucrative than competing - Battle of Blades possibly or just moving on to the next phase of life??
In previous interviews, they said that trying to do a tour and prepare for the second half of the season at the same time was very difficult and they wouldn't trying to attempt that again. So if they do join the Virtue/Moir tour, I would think that they are skipping the whole season. But if they just use the time to take a breather, then that might be possible.I thought they'd take their bows at 2020 Nationals and then Worlds in Montreal, after competing at 4C's and maybe a warm-up international, which is still possible.
The best bet at keeping three is 6+7 (the same way that we kept three pairs spots in 2017). Sixth is probably where G/P “naturally” fall in the hierarchy right now, absent W/P — seventh requires F-B/S to leapfrog H/B (very doable) and the Italians (much more of a fight).But with now potentially both Virtue/Moir and Weaver/Poje gone, it's a new era for Canadian ice dance. There's a lot to be said for the security blanket of having top teams that always place well at Worlds. Those three spots aren't actually automatically given to Canada (even though it probably feels like it, as they have had them for so long).
Oh, is that how it works?From a Skate Canada perspective, SC may prefer, even if they don't have influence, for the road be clear for G/P to get the Canada #1 push with two Worlds before the Olympics, even if that means two spots for the following season, rather than going down to two spots for the Olympics.
Good luck to them!Not a full retirement announcement but they will not compete this challenger/grand prix season.
Absolutely 100% agree. They are just as important in Canada as any ice dance team. Of course, I want them to be happy, but this is indeed a loss.I'm quite surprised by this as it certainly seemed as though they were proceeding with preparations for this season. They had been doing the required fitness testing and have been near their training base and skating as far as social media indicates.
But what an incredible career they have had. Immense consistency with top 5 placements at nine consecutive Worlds. They've also won more medals at senior nationals than any other Canadian ice dance team in history.
They have been a very important part of Canadian ice dance and have been crucial in ensuring that 3 spots have always been kept for Worlds. They will be leaving a big hole behind them when they step away.
Me too.Meanwhile, I'm going to SC. (Sigh).