Canada’s top ice skating pair has had to dial down their routine for the 2018 Winter Olympics after it was deemed too risque just weeks prior.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, three-time Winter Olympic medalist, adjusted their lustful lift from their Moulin Rouge free program routine that dominated the 2018 Canadian Skating Nationals in January.
‘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,’ Moir said to The Canadian Press.
The three time World Champions have been big fans of pushing the envelope in the otherwise tame sport.
When Virtue flipped backwards onto Moir’s shoulders, straddling him, her partner’s face got a little too close to her crotch area for comfort. The sensual move finishes with Virtue spinning her way back down to the ice.
Moir reportedly had called the move ‘suggestive’ as Virtue asserted that their entire program was meant to be ‘edgy.’
‘We wanted to make a bit of a different statement, and if that was bringing a certain edge or sexuality or darkness or a contemporary feeling to it, mission accomplished I guess,’ Virtue said at the Vancouver championships, according to The Canadian Press.
It was so seductive that Virtue even called the routine ‘porno’ during interviews.
The revised version of the stunt has her straddling his shoulders for a shorter period of time before Virtue finishes with a single-dip and dismount.
Moir asserted that the move wasn’t change to please sponsors or broadcasters but was made to give the pair a better chance at getting their second gold medal at the Olympics in PeyongChang, South Korea.
‘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,’ Moir said.
His partner added: ‘I think we liked that it made a statement, and it was different and that was great for the start of the season, but for the overall vision of the program, we hope that this new position fits a little better.’
The London, Ontario, based pair performed the new routine at the Gangneun Ice Arena on Saturday night/Sunday morning.
The modified program will also include their short program for the team event to the Rolling Stones ‘Sympathy for the Devil,’ ‘Hotel California’ by the Eagles, and Santana’s ‘Oye Como Va.’