Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir criticize coach's split focus
Canadian ice dance pair coach with American gold medallists Davis and White
Canadian silver medallists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir finished with a confidence that they couldn't do any more in their performance, but they hinted that other forces may have kept them from gold.
Coming off their silver medal winning effort, the ice dancers said they were satisfied with their effort.
"One of the reasons we can sit up here with the silver medal is that we did everything. We left no stone unturned. We were fighting and fighting hard," Moir said.
"Honestly, we haven't had really favourable match-ups in the last year. We did feel the momentum shift, but we always peak late. We just had to trust in our training and trust that we would have the performance we wanted at the Olympic Games."
Moir's belief in their performance still couldn't hide his suspicion in regards to the judging. He strikingly, yet subtly expressed some concern around the influence of coach Marina Zoueva, who also coaches the gold medal pairing of Meryl Davis and Charlie White.
"There are moments where you take a step back and evaluate whether this situation was ideal. We have to credit Marina. There were times when we weren't happy, and we sometimes felt that she wasn't in our corner but she handled that really well," Moir said.
"We had some odd things happen this year. We expected Marina to be on our team and work with us like in Vancouver."
"The shoe was on the other foot," Moir said.
"Whatever differences we had to take care of on our own," Virtue added.
When Virtue and Moir won the Vancouver Olympics ahead of Davis and White, they were on the cutting edge of ice dance. But the Americans overtook them in the last four years and came to Sochi as world champions and Grand Prix Final winners.
There were times in the last year when Virtue and Moir had to re-evaluate their relationship with the coach. Moir said they went to Zoueva "on countless occasions" to tell her they would not be happy with a silver medal.
It is anticipated that the pair will retire from competition following the Sochi Olympics.
(With files from The Associated Press)