MISSISSAUGA, ONT. - There's no longer some Tolstoy-calibre plot to Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir's short dance this season.
“It starts with a hug,” Virtue, the 23-year-old Londoner said, “and ends with a kiss.”
The Olympic gold medallists and two-time world ice dance champions completed their runaway, 79.04-point performance Saturday afternoon at the Canadian championships inside the Hershey Centre by staring into each other's eyes, their lips a micro-millimetre apart.
“We weren't touching (lips)? Are you sure,” Moir, a 25-year-old Ilderton, Ont.-native, joked. “It was pretty close.
“We've got to save you something for worlds.”
There it is. If the Canadian sweethearts are going to share a smooch – and not another accidental, awkward one like they did coming out of a lift three years ago – it will happen right at centre ice at London, Ontario's Budweiser Gardens in March to the closing strains of the Anthony Hopkins-penned “And the Waltz Goes On.”