Virtue, Moir pull out of competition

Tessa Virtue (L) and Scott Moir of Canada perform during the ice dance short dance program...

Tessa Virtue (L) and Scott Moir of Canada perform during the ice dance short dance program competition at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Taipei February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Nicky Loh

RYAN PYETTE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:11 AM ET

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir's comeback has hit a snag.

The Olympic ice dance champions pulled out of the Four Continents figure skating championships after Virtue experienced tightness in her left quadricep muscle 30 seconds into their free dance Friday in Taiwan.

Skate Canada high-performance director Michael Slipchuk said the injury wasn't related to the compartment surgery that sidelined Virtue most of the 2010-11 season and shouldn't put in jeopardy the duo's ability to defend their world title in Tokyo next month.

"It was a surprise for me like it was for everyone else," Slipchuk said. "It was just after their first rotational lift. They came out of it and it became clear she couldn't continue."

Slipchuk said Virtue, a Londoner, and Ilderton's Moir were better served shutting down rather than risk further injury. He thought, after Virtue meets with her medical personnel, they would be able to return home and resume training for worlds.

"We know how competitive they are," Slipchuk said. "They got some good mileage out of the short program here and they can take that back with them.

"It was a good week."

After Virtue and Moir, the leaders in the short program, withdrew, their American training partners Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the Olympic silver medallists, claimed the gold.

Canadian champions Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier finished third.

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