Figure Skating

CBC Sports - Saturday Feb. 22, 2014 15:02 ET

Virtue, Moir say goodbye to Sochi with final skate in gala

Patrick Chan thanks fans after event

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir perform at the Olympic gala on February 22, 2014. (John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images)
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Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir performed one final routine in Sochi during the gala at the Iceberg Skating Palace on Saturday, in what could be the last skate of their figure skating careers.

The silver medallists and Vancouver Olympic champions performed a moving and athletic routine to Rhianna’s Stay, smiling at the end of it. Though the pair hasn’t made anything official, it’s expected that they will retire after the Olympics are over.

Patrick Chan also performed in front of the Sochi fans one last time. The Canadian silver medallist skated to Tony Bennett's Stepping Out, and later made a short speech on behalf of the athletes, thanking the Sochi fans for their support during the competitions, and the International Olympic Committee for introducing the team figure skating event.

“It is such an honour to be able to skate for our countries on the ice here in Sochi for the first time, so thank you,” he said.

It may well be the last time Chan steps on Olympic ice as well. The three-time world champion was cryptic when asked about his figure skating future after his silver medal in the men’s event, not confirming anything regarding his career after the Olympics.

Canadian pairs skaters Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch also skated during the gala, a lighthearted routine set to The Skaters' Waltz by French composer Emil Waldteufel. The pair finished fifth in their event.

The five Canadian skaters all won silver as part of the team event earlier in the Games.

Russian fans also had one last chance to salute their figure skating Olympians, and they had lots of reasons to cheer. Pairs champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov performed, along with silver medallists Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov.

Newly-minted Russian superstars Adelina Sotnikova and Yulia Lipnitskaya also skated in the gala. The 15-year-old Lipnitskaya took Sochi by storm during her women’s skate in the team event, while 17-year-old Sotnikova won gold in the women’s event over reigning champion Yuna Kim of South Korea.

Russian ice dancers Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov won bronze, and Russia picked up five medals in figure skating overall, winning gold in the team event as well.

The main exhibition featured performances from the top six skaters in the men’s and women’s events, along with the top five couples from the pairs and ice dance disciplines. 

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