Scott Moir on how he started skating (also, falling asleep playing hockey)
Interview by Jesse Pollock for Special Olympics Week of Inclusion 7/22/20
Jesse: What made you take up figure skating?
Scott: Oh that's a good question. Well, my stone hands had something to do with it, but to be honest, the reason why I started figure skating in the first place was, I kind of got tricked, like I was the youngest of three boys, and.. we got, I was the third, it was - in the paper too, you got a third kid free.
I was three years old so my mom threw me in anyways, even though I didn't know how to skate or anything, and then after the first year of frustrating my dad- of frustration, more so for my dad I think, cause I'd like fall asleep while playing goalie, and I didn't really know what was going on.
And he was just like hey - the kid needs to learn how to skate. My mom was a figure skating coach, so I think she had it planned all along. said, oh, I can do that, so she brought me over, and originally I was just helping my hockey, then.. in waltzed this girl named Tessa Virtue about 3 or 4 years later. She could skate faster than me, and jump higher than me, and do a lot of things better than me, and you know that really never changed throughout my career but, you know, competing with her is really what got me into figure skating and then it wasn't too long after that when I realized two things, one that Tessa was on my team, and the second one, so I didn't have to compete with her, which was awesome, got a little bit less depressing after that, and then the second one was that I actually loved to dance, and to ice dance and to be able to perform, and yeah, it was an interesting kind of realization for me because I grew up wanting to be Joe Sakic, and I wanted to win the Stanley Cup and you know in my 8th grade, 8th grade yearbook I wrote "I want to go to the Olympics", but I don't think it was for figure skating yet. I watched Simon Whitfield win in Sydney and I thought that's so cool that a Canadian can be the best in the world. And that never left me, and then when I started to, to excel at figure skating, I thought this is, this may be our ticket.
Jesse: Sure, I mean, well, you accomplished some pretty, pretty nuts milestones
Scott: Yeah, I held on to Tessa and wouldn't let her go, and she took us to some pretty great places
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