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Skate Canada: Virtue, Moir staying with Zoueva

Reiging Olympic champions Virtue, Moir to remain in Canton

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are staying put with Marina Zoueva in Canton.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are staying put with Marina Zoueva in Canton. (Getty Images)

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By icenetwork.com
(06/06/2012) - Reigning world and Olympic champion ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will continue to be coached by Marina Zoueva at Arctic Edge Ice Arena in Canton, Mich., Skate Canada confirmed Wednesday on Twitter.

A Twitter user asked the federation Tuesday on the social networking site, "Any news about V-M coaching? They stay with Marina Zoueva?"

Skate Canada replied, "yes, they are still with Marina."

While Zoueva and Arctic Edge General Manager Craig O'Neill confirmed to the Detroit Free Press on Sunday that the rink's top three teams -- including Virtue and Moir, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, and Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani -- would be remaining in Canton, neither the Canadians nor their federation made a public statement regarding their intentions until Wednesday.

This situation came about after the rink management's decision on Sunday to disallow Igor Shpilband, Zoueva's longtime coaching partner, from working at its facility. When the duo returned to their training base in Canton after a six-week absence -- a period during which they toured with Stars on Ice and took a planned vacation -- they learned that their coaching team of Zoueva and Shpiland was no more.

"Their coaching partnership provided an enjoyable and productive training environment and together we experienced great success on the ice," Moir said. "We were obviously disappointed to receive the news that our coaching team of Marina and Igor will no longer be working together."

Virtue appreciated the positive relationship they shared with Shpilband during that eight-year period, which began in Canton when she was 15 and Moir 17.

"It was an honor to work with him every day, and we respect his dance knowledge and technical expertise," Virtue said. "We are very grateful to him for everything he has helped us achieve."

The duo is back on the ice preparing for the upcoming skating season and focused on training.

"We're in in the process of creating two new programs and are really excited to compete in the 2012-13 skating season," Virtue said.

The two are scheduled to compete at two Grand Prix events this fall: Skate Canada in Windsor, Ontario, to be held Oct. 26-28, and Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, Russia, slated for Nov. 9-11.

Information from Skate Canada was used in this report.