The time difference between Canada and Pyeongchang can be a little difficult to navigate for even the most enthusiastic of Olympic viewers, except if you live on the West Coast. Many events start anywhere from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. in the east. Of course, when it involves Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, that’s an entirely different story.
When Canada’s favourite ice dancers won gold on Tuesday afternoon local time, it was an emotional affair. This is likely their last Olympics. Virtue and Moir already had a gold from Vancouver and a silver from Sochi, but came out of retirement in late 2016 for one more shot at an Olympic victory.
On Tuesday, they beat the French team of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, who are also their training partners in Montreal. The French skated before the Canadians and scored a world record 123.35 points for a low-key, technically proficient free dance. It gave them a two-dance total of 205.28, another world record.
The Canadians finished with a new world record of 206.07.
Predictably, the Internet was overjoyed. Here are a few of the best reactions:
The best reaction to Virtue and Moir comes from SNL’s Leslie Jones, who weighed in on their free skate from Monday with figure skater Adam Rippon.
Ilderton, Ont., where the pair started their skating careers, was the happiest place in Canada:
With files from Dan Barnes