Virtue, Moir out of Skate Canada due to injury
Surgery keeps Olympic champs on sidelines for now
|Tessa Virtue underwent surgery in her hometown of London, Ont., last week. (Getty Images)|
By Skate Canada
(10/12/2010) - OTTAWA, ON - Olympic and world ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are sidelined due to injury. Virtue underwent surgery in her hometown of London, Ont., last week. Virtue, 21, proceeded with surgery to reduce the lingering pain in her shins and calves that is a result of Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome (CECS). 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. Virtue's condition was assessed by Skate Canada's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Marni Wesner, at the team's High Performance Camp in September. Additional tests confirmed increased pressure levels in both posterior compartments of her calves as a result of CECS. In order to alleviate her ongoing pain, surgery was required. Initially, Virtue and Moir, along with their coaching and training team, planned on postponing the surgery until after the 2010-11 competitive season. However, due to the discomfort Virtue was experiencing, the decision was made to have the surgery now, and focus on being ready to compete later in the year at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships. It was performed by Dr. Kevin Willits, who also was responsible for Virtue's original surgery in 2008. "It's an enormous relief to have a solution to the pain," said Virtue from London, Ont., where she is recuperating. "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!" Virtue's ice dance partner, Scott Moir, 23, Ilderton, Ont., was in London for her surgery. "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. 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." Moir is heading back to Michigan to resume his training. "We have two awesome routines this year, and I've got lots of work to do to be ready for our return to competition." Although unable to compete, Virtue and Moir are planning to attend Skate Canada International to cheer on their teammates and greet their fans. They hope to resume their regular training schedule as soon as possible.