Another gold for Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir enough to make them sick

Canadian ice dancers Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue. (MIKE CASSESE/Reuters file photo)

Canadian ice dancers Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue. (MIKE CASSESE/Reuters file photo)

RYAN PYETTE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:39 PM ET

WINDSOR, ONT. - Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir know the occupational hazards of creating such a steamy environment with a super-sexy free dance.

Occasionally, they'll feel the effects, too.

After wrapping up a fourth career Skate Canada International title Saturday at the WFCU Centre, Virtue excused herself briefly from the medal ceremony after a moment of feeling ill.

“I felt great on the ice and during the program and I feel fine (now),” she said. “I don't know. Maybe I was caught not breathing enough.”

Their hormone-tingling interpretation of “Carmen” will induce panting and rapid heart rates. That's the way it was drawn up.

“It's impossible to do anything too sexy,” coach Marina Zoueva said. “It's drama. It's a sexy drama.

“It's Carmen.”

The Canadians scored 104.32 points with their initial offering Friday and finished with a two-day total of 169.41, nine points clear of fellow Carmen-ites Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte, the Italians who hired one of Virtue and Moir's former coaches, Igor Shpilband, and skated to the same theme.

“That's figure skating –- isn't there always two Carmens?” Moir, the 25-year-old Ilderton native, joked. “There's only so much music to use out there. We show it differently. In our camp, we didn't really have a reaction (to the Italians using it). We know they're going to do a beautiful Carmen and knew we kinda have to bring our 'A' game.

“We weren't upset by it or anything like that.”

Even though Moir and Virtue in the process of obtaining new visas, which means they have to remain inside Canada for the time being, they're trying to stretch the sport beyond its borders.

“We knew we had to skate (Carmen) differently than anyone else has ever done,” Virtue, the 23-year-old London, Ont., native said. “I don't think you can do it without that (sexual) element (in the program). It's a bit of a risk, but we want to push ourselves, and it's the season to do it.”

Zoueva believes the Canadians have the ability to push their combined point total above 200 this season.

“It's something to shoot for heading to London (and worlds) in March,” Moir said. “I don't worry about scores. We got too caught up in that last year at the Grand Prix final. This is the first time we did the program in its entirety and there were a couple of mistakes in there, but I thought it was a success.

“We left a lot of points on the table so there's room to improve and we'll work heading into Russia in a couple of weeks.”

Their transformation is even visible in their costumes.

They dressed in white when they won Olympic gold two years ago in Vancouver. For Carmen, they've turned to all black.

No matter what he wears on the ice, Moir never wins.

“One of my good buddies from home texted me, 'Happy Halloween' (on Friday),” he said, “and I said, 'It's not Halloween yet,' and he responded, 'then why are you on TSN dressed like an idiot?'

“That's the kind of support I get from my buddies back home.”

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