Two Olympic figure skaters, representing Canada at this year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea have been told to dial down their risqué routine.
Three-time medalist Scott Moir and his partner Tessa Virtue have decided to tone down their routine ahead of the Winter Games in PyeongChang after they deemed it too ‘suggestive’ and ‘edgy’ to perform for the judges and the audiences watching across the globe.
The pair has now modified their dance routine from a seemingly X-rated showpiece to something more in line and appropriate. The original move in question was said to be a risqué lift, which would have left many, presumably, hot under the collar.
According to The Toronto Star Virtue and Moir, who is desperately chasing a second gold medal, initially wanted to pull off a neck straddle in which Virtue transitions out of a an up-thrust with her legs wrapped around Moir’s shoulders and hands clasping the back of his head – basically it’s a very softcore, yet dangerous, sex-chokehold.
While I certainly don’t want to kink shame anyone – each to their own and what not, whatever flicks your switch – you can see why the Olympic duo had second thoughts about doing that particular part of their routine.
It was so suggestive that even The Canadian Press thought twice about publishing stills from that exact part of the dance. Honestly Dirty Dancing has nothing on Virtue and Moir, Partick Swayze might as well be doing a viennese waltz compared to what these to were doing.
Speaking to The Candian Press Moir explained the reason behind their decision to change the routine, claiming:
What it came down to actually was that when we slowed it down and looked on the video, it wasn’t esthetically that beautiful of a position.
So we wanted to change it, make it a little bit better
Virtue adds that:
I think we liked that it made a statement, and it was different.
And that was great for the start of the season. But for the overall vision of the program, we hope that this new position fits a little better.
Well, at least you and your Mum can finally watch Olympic figure skating without it getting really weird in the room.