Canada's lucky charm? Scott Moir

By RYAN PYETTE, QMI Agency

VANCOUVER — Scott Moir said he wants his face on the front of a Wheaties box.

The remaining competing Canadian Olympic athletes just want to see his face before their events.

Turns out the gold-medal Canadian ice dancer from Ilderton, Ont. has replaced the Lucky Loonie in the ice from Salt Lake City eight years ago.

Early in the Games, Moir had been at Cypress Mountain watching Jenn Heil’s mogul silver run and sat beside her teammate, Alex Bilodeau, who won the first Canadian gold on home soil the following day.

He watched Bilodeau’s performance while he worked out at the same gym as snowboarder Maelle Ricker, who grabbed her own gold the following day.

And he watched Ricker’s winning run in the athletes village with Londoner Christine Nesbitt, who captured the 1,000-metre speed skating gold the next day.

“Then Jon Montgomery went out and won the skeleton and I’ve never met him in my life,” Moir said. “He killed my streak.”

Moir’s partner Tessa Virtue, of course, can’t escape him. She teamed up with the lucky charm to become, at 20, the youngest Olympic gold medallist in the 34 years of ice dance. Moir said a friend back home always told him he’d be on a Wheaties box one day.

“I have a great group of buddies who believed in me, always encouraging, keeping me on the straight and narrow,” he said. “They kept me away from stuff like alcohol and drugs — even if they didn’t (stay away).”

ryan.pyette@sunmedia.ca

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