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Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir announce ice dance comeback

Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir

Canada’s Tessa Virtue (C) and Scott Moir (R) celebrate with their coach Marina Zoueva following their Senior Dance Free Dance routine at the 2010 Canadian Figure Skating Championships in London, Ontario, January 16, 2010. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

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Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir announced Saturday they are returning to ice dance competition next season after sitting out since taking silver at the Sochi 2014 Olympics.

“I don’t think that would come as a surprise to many people,” Virtue said on CBC. “We still have that fire.”

Virtue and Moir, the 2010 Olympic ice dance champions, were beaten by U.S. training partners Meryl Davis and Charlie White in Sochi.

“We needed time off after Sochi,” Moir said on CBC. “But then there was a time when we walked back into the rink and were excited again. ... We probably have one more shot at it [the Olympics], so we have to take advantage of it.”

Davis and White have also not competed since Sochi.

In October, White said they would probably have to return no later than halfway through the 2016-17 season if the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games are their target.

In May, Virtue and Moir reportedly said they needed to decide before the 2016-17 season if they would return to competition.

“We’re not coming back unless it’s to become Olympic champions again,” Moir said in May, according to the London (Ont.) Free Press. “If we’re in, we’re in.”

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