Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are 'reunited' at Special Olympics gala: 'Made my year'

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir announced their retirement from ice skating in 2019. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir announced their retirement from ice skating in 2019. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have reunited.

The decorated Canadian Olympic figure skating duo showed up at Special Olympics Canada's Limitless Gala in Toronto on Nov. 18. At the fundraiser, the duo opened up about their thoughts on sport, while meeting Special Olympics athlete Laura Stremble. On Friday, Virtue took to Instagram to share photos from the event's red carpet.

Virtue, 33, sparkled in a black strapless gown featuring a lace skirt for the event, while Moir, 35, rocked a classic black suit.

"The Special Olympics Limitless Gala is always a magnificent evening, and this year's event didn’t disappoint. Thanks to everyone involved for donating generously, dedicating time and energy to the cause and highlighting the power that sport has in the lives of those with intellectual disabilities," Virtue wrote in the caption to her post, adding that she's "forever grateful" to be a part of the Champions Network.

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Fans spread their excitement about the ice dancing pair, who worked together for 22 years, in the comments of the post.

"Reunited once again! This made my entire year," one person raved.

"It's nice to see you two come together for this!" someone added.

"You guys look great! Thank you for all you do for our special Olympians, our elite skaters, but most importantly, for the average skaters," a fan shared.

"Love seeing you reunited for such great causes!" commented another.

"This is an amazing cause! You both look gorgeous and it's wonderful to see you reunited there!!!" someone penned.

"Everyone looks fabulous! And love your continued support of this amazing organization! They do such incredible work!" someone else wrote.

During the red carpet, Virtue opened up about how sport positively impacts people.

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"We both truly believe that sport has the power to change lives," Virtue shared. "When we got a sense of the Special O community, we realized it was so much more. It's a movement for change. When these athletes have the opportunity to add value, to feel value and also get a sense of belonging, that's the most powerful thing I can imagine."

Earlier this month, Virtue explained on an episode of Toronto podcast, "Power In Heels," that her athletic career wasn't as easy as it appeared.

"I knew I was putting myself out there to be judged," she said. "The interesting thing about our sport, in particular, is that there are always eyes on you... In that world, you're always on, and that got to me a little bit. And then the inevitable rumours... When you put yourself in that place, people then make inferences or assumptions about the rest of your life and who you are. Reconciling that took some time."

Virtue shared that early on, she had to start ignoring other people's opinions.

"If I get too wrapped up in being conscious of how I'm seen or perceived, then I can't show up as my authentic self," she added. "Part of it, I just had to learn to let it go and realize that I'm in a new domain and I no longer have to be this master of a craft. I can be the rookie and I can be a sponge and just take it in, and I can be Tessa."

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