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Injury sidelines Virtue & Moir

Olympic and World Ice Dance Champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will have to miss the 2010 Skate Canada International competition in Kingston as Virtue underwent surgery last week.

In order to alleviate her ongoing pain, surgery was required to reduce lingering pain in her shins and calves. She had a similar operation in the fall of 2008 on the anterior compartments, while this surgery was conducted to relieve the pressure on the posterior compartments in both legs.

Initially, Virtue and Moir, along with their coaching and training team, planned on postponing the surgery until after the competitive season. However, the discomfort was becoming too much for Virtue and they made a tough decision to have the surgery now.

“It’s an enormous relief to have a solution to the pain,” said Virtue in statement from Skate Canada. “Apparently the surgery went really well and I am confident that I have the most competent support team to help me with my recovery. I am excited to get back on the ice as soon as I can and look forward to training and competing pain-free!”

“In the bigger picture, this is a minor setback, and we’re excited at the prospect of Tessa being able to skate pain-free going forward,” said Moir. “It also shows just how strong Tessa was last year, and it was really amazing that she could shut out the pain and together we were able to achieve our dream of being Olympic Champions.”

They hope to resume their regular training schedule as soon as possible and will focus on being ready to compete later in the year at the World Championships in Tokyo.

The golden-duo plans to attend the Skate Canada International to cheer on their teammates and greet their fans.

— Photos by Brett Barden

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