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Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir unsure coach they shared with Meryl Davis and Charlie White was in their ‘corner’

Feb 18, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

It’s one of those stories that almost seems fabricated for the Olympics: Marina Zoueva watched two sets of pupils compete for figure skating gold on Tuesday, with U.S. pair Meryl Davis-Charlie White topping Canadians Tessa Virtue-Scott Moir. The awkwardness of the situation was downplayed quite a bit … until Virtue and Moir vented following a frustrating silver finish, according to

“There are moments where you take a step back and evaluate whether this situation was ideal,” Moir said in a press conference Tuesday. “We have to credit Marina. There were times when we weren’t happy, and we sometimes felt that she wasn’t in our corner.”

In other words, Virtue and Moir don’t believe that Zoueva rooted equally for both duos. Here is a shot of everyone together from Getty Images:

source: Getty Images

Credit: Getty Images

Zoueva has coached both Davis-White and Virtue-Moir for at least seven years. It’s worth noting that it was Virtue and Moir who won gold in Vancouver while Davis and White took silver.

The NBC Olympics report points to a few signs beyond the unsettling finish that indicate something was awry. For one thing, Virtue and Moir were increasingly seeking outside advice. There’s also this consideration:

Zoueva told after the short dance Sunday that her full support was behind both teams, though she confirmed that she attended the U.S. Championships in January (and therefore not the Canadian National Championships) because she had more teams competing in the U.S. Zoueva also coaches Americans Maia and Alex Shibutani, who placed ninth in the ice dance competition in Sochi.

Virtue, 24, and Moir, 26, aren’t sure if this will be their last Olympic appearance. If it is, they’ll retire with some mixed feelings, including toward their long-time coach.

  1. phipfwe76 - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    But I’m sure they were totally cool with the arrangement in 2010, right?

  2. granadafan - Feb 18, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. Even normal viewers (non-skaters) could see that Davis and White skated a better program, quicker, and more in sync with each other. Davis and White have beaten the whining Canadians the past two seasons hands down. Maybe the typicallly whining Canadians should stop training in OUR country and go back north.

  3. penvik - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Although the American pairs had been skating better up to the final skate, the canadian program was clearly better and noticed by people who are in the know. The creator of one of the essential skills said the Canadians one according to her point count but the judges pointed to that specific skill as the reason the Americans won. Very strange and seems like the competition was pre determined.

    • equest14 - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      1. The component you are talking about was created by a MAN
      2. His comments about it came during the Short Dance, not the Free Dance, and he did not actually say what you’ve just said
      3. Davis and White, thanks to there Free Dance score, would’ve won even if Virtue and Moir had gotten a higher level on that component in the Short Dance
      3. Exactly which people “in the know” claim that the Canadians were better?

  4. mogogo1 - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    So, Zoueva coached both pairs at the last Olympics where the Canadians won, the U.S. pair doesn’t say a word about getting short-changed, both pairs stick with her through years of competition, and suddenly NOW she started favoring the Americans? Or, just maybe, the Canadians happened not to be as good this time around.

    And if they had doubts about their coach, why not do something about that before it was too late? Horrible sportsmanship and they make themselves sound dumb for doing nothing about their fears ahead of time.

  5. janthony2014 - Feb 18, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    It’s Canada losing to the USA. It MUST be a conspiracy!

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