Virtue really did say that she and Scott Moir were approaching their return to the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships as if they were underdogs “because it feels like we are.“We have to chase, we have to feel that in our training and practice.“We practice a lot together anyway so it’s kind of a natural progression. Morris remembers her as a five-year-old at the same club in Ottawa from where he emerged to become a world junior champion. “Obviously she’s turned into being one of the best curlers in the women’s game.” While the Ottawa connection and his dad being her former coach was part of their match-up, Chestermere, Alberta firefighter Morris said he was looking for a partner who would be serious about it. “Rachel was a rink rat who was there because her parents were playing and I remember asking her if she was ever going to play this game? “It’s been a challenge for Canadian elite level curlers to take mixed doubles seriously but Rachel and I take it seriously. I think we both have accepted the challenge of both the team trials and the mixed doubles trials. It’s a different strategy involved in the game,” said Morris. “I hate to say it but I have more fun playing this than the normal team event.
Became the first Canadian ice dancers to win the world junior title (2006) ...Whether you make it to the Olympics or not, somebody has to get points to get Canada to the Olympics,” said Laing. It’s just much easier to be a team together,” she said.“Brent and I definitely want to be serious about it,” said wife Jennifer who says the husband/wife things hasn’t had any drawbacks for them. If anything I have my biggest fan and the person I lean on most in life. The fact that it’s now in the Olympics makes it just another part of the dream.” - Related: Jones: Las Vegas really is a curling hotspot Dawn Mc Ewan said she and Mike have been kind of doing a version of mixed doubles for a while. “I’ll hold the broom for him at practice and he’ll hold the broom for me. Of all the match-ups that have been made, one of the most interesting has been that of John Morris and Rachel Homan.We just know how good this program can be, so that’s a little disappointing.” No other duo was within 15 points of the leading three, so they should be the Canadian ice dance representatives in the world championships in Helsinki in late March and early April.The questions to be answered include whether Virtue and Moir can reclaim their title after a two-season sabbatical from competition, whether Weaver and Poje can extend their reign to a third year or whether, with the benefit of an additional day of recovery for Gilles, she and Poirier can stage an upset and reach the top of the podium for the first time.
Virtue and Moir are the 2016-17 Grand Prix Final gold medalists, 2010 Olympic gold medalists, 2014 Olympic silver medalists, two-time world champions (2010, '12), four-time Grand Prix Final silver medalists, three-time (2008, '12, '17) Four Continents champions and seven-time Canadian champions ... Announced in February 2016 their intention to return to competition starting with the 2016-17 season.