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01 TRAVEL BLANKET
TV: I love the versatility of this travel blanket. You can envelop yourself in it when you’re on the plane, but then use it as an oversized scarf after you land.

02 CANDLE
TV: My sport psychologist and mental preparation coach has me travel with an anchor – an object I have at home that makes me feel grounded – and this candle is one of my favourites. It’s kind of woodsy.

03 SNEAKERS
TV: We race through so many airports, and it’s nice to have a travel uniform, which for me is skinny jeans, a leather jacket and my sneakers.

04 ESSENTIAL OIL
SM: This essential oil roll-on totally relaxes me. Airplanes are crowded, but when I roll it on my temples and wrists, I feel like I’m in my own world.

05 COMPRESSION SOCKS
SM: I used to have knee-high versions, but I found them too itchy and constricting, so now I wear the ankle ones. Swollen feet just don’t happen with compression socks.

06 BOOK
SM: I’m reading The Boys in the Boat, about the American rowing team at the 1936 Berlin Games. It’s fascinating to see the similarities between their sport and ours. Both are a mixture of power and finesse; just because you’re putting more effort into it doesn’t mean you’ll cover more water, and it’s the same on the ice.

07 PHOTO
TV: My grandma and I had a really strong bond. Both of my parents worked, and she would drive me to the rink. She died in 2008, so I make sure to keep her close.


Scott Moir & Tessa Virtue

Photo: Aaron Cobb

Discipline Ice Dance
Ages 30 & 28
Hometown London, Ontario
Training Base Montréal

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir never step onto the ice to compete without hugging, which is a little different from when they first started – as seven- and nine-year-olds too shy to even speak to one another. After deciding the Sochi 2014 Games would be their last ones for Team Canada, the gold-medal-winning ice dance duo returned to the rink at the end of 2016. “When we imagined watching these Games from home, that didn’t sit well,” says Virtue. “At this point in our career, to say that we enjoy it more than ever, that we’re doing programs we’re more emotionally connected to than ever, that’s such a luxury,” adds Moir.

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