Canada Ice Dance Team Doubts Commitment of Coach They Share with US Gold Medalists

Canada Ice Dance Team Doubts Commitment of Coach They Share with US Gold Medalists

Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, silver medalists at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, share coach Marina Zoueva with Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie Davis, who won USA’s first ever gold medal in the event. Now, the Canadian duo do not know how committed Zoueva is to them even though they won the gold medal in Vancouver four years ago.

“We sometimes felt like (Zoueva) wasn’t in our corner,” Moir said, more in the way of stating a fact as he and Virtue perceived it than as a complaint. “We had some odd things happen this year. We expected Marina to be on our team and work with us like in Vancouver.”

They did say Zoueva handled the situation well.

“There are moments where you take a step back and evaluate whether this situation was ideal,” Moir said in a press conference Tuesday. “We have to credit Marina. There were times when we weren’t happy, and we sometimes felt that she wasn’t in our corner.”

This is not the first time the team had second thoughts on their coach. In the last year they told Zoueva they would not be happy with a silver medal. She helped with their programs, but still paid more attention to Davis and White. 

After they won the gold in 2010, along with the world championship, Davis and White started to climb. They won the world championship in 2011 and 2013 and the Canadians won in 2012. Davis and White also won the Grand Prix Finals last year.

Virtue and Moir did not say what their future holds, but they might retire from competitive ice skating. They did tell the press they were happy to win the silver.

“We couldn’t have asked for more about our performances,” Virtue said. “It’s nice to be satisfied and content with our job. We’ve managed to create the Olympic moment.”


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