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Frederick Owens | 12 February, 2018, 07:22

FLAG bearers of the Canadian Olympic team Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have made a change to their figure skating routine after many dubbed it too sexual. The routine included an "edgy" move that resulted in Virtue having her legs over Moir's shoulders in a sexual position.

"You just don't get too many shots at an Olympic medal, let alone an Olympic gold medal", Moir said.

With the pressure taken off them, the duo blew away competition, finishing first with 118.10 points, six points ahead of Americans Maia and Alex Shibutani, who helped their country win bronze. "What it came down was that when we slowed it down and looked on the video, it wasn't aesthetically that attractive of a position, so we wanted to change it, make it a little bit better", he said.

After the recent national championships, Virtue also alluded to the move's "certain edge or sexuality or darkness or a contemporary feeling." .

"Off the ice, we are so incredibly different".

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Before the Games kicked off, Moir deftly addressed the decision to nix that particularly crotch-y element by saying "when we slowed it down and looked on the video, it wasn't aesthetically that handsome of a position".

Dressed in dazzling black and gold, Virtue and Moir scored 80.51 points for their short dance to the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy For The Devil", "Hotel California" by the Eagles and Santana's "Oye Como Va".

Clearly overjoyed, the 24-year-old - who wept after being left off the Olympic team for Sochi in 2014 - pumped her fists and grinned as she skated off the ice.

"I think we liked that it made a statement, and it was different", explained Virtue of the provocative draping silhouette, now ditched.

"I feel really great". "That is the joy of the Olympic Games".

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