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Virtue, Moir withdraw from Finlandia Trophy

Team cites muscle strain in Moir's neck

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir took themselves out of this week's Finlandia Trophy.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir took themselves out of this week's Finlandia Trophy. (Getty Images)

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By Skate Canada
(10/04/2012) - An injury has caused world champion ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada to withdraw from this week's Finlandia Trophy. The duo are the defending champions at the event, which takes place Oct. 4-7 in Espoo, Finland.

A slight muscle strain in Moir's neck caused the team to stay home in Michigan.

"It is disappointing not to go to Finland, but this early in the season, we feel it was better to be cautious and careful," Moir said. "We have a long season ahead of us and just don't want to risk aggravating things by traveling and competing this weekend."

The two will miss returning to Finlandia for a second time.

"We had such a great summer of training, and we were really excited to debut our two new programs in Finland," Virtue said. "We had such a positive experience last year and were really looking forward to returning. The fans, our friends and the Finnish Figure Skating Association were so supportive of us that we couldn't wait to go back."

The team and its coaches made a late decision to withdraw from the competition.

"Our bags were packed, and it was literally just four hours before our scheduled flight that we made the decision," Virtue said. "However, injuries are part of being an athlete. We understand that, and we feel fortunate that Scott now has the time to recover 100 percent. We will be back training hard to show off our programs at Skate Canada International in Windsor in just a few weeks."