Canada’s ice dancing champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are planning a huge tribute for the late Canadian icon Gord Downie.
The team announced they will be skating to The Tragically Hip classic “Long Time Running” at Sunday’s gala skate at the Olympics in South Korea.
The gala skate will have Olympic figure skaters perform a routine just for fans, unjudged.
“When I think about Gord and I think about The Hip and what they’ve been able to do, it’s kind of the soundtrack to being Canadian almost,” Moir said during a press conference. “It’s special for us that we get to skate to the Hip, and it’s our tribute to one of my heroes and a guy who was so wonderfully weird, and just how he embraced life.”
This won’t be the first time Virtue and Moir performed the routine, in fact, they debuted the dance last October only weeks before Downie passed away after his long battle with brain cancer.
Virtue added, ”We’re both huge fans, and Scott just asked if we could somehow choreograph a little tribute and we thought maybe it would only be for that one competition, but it’s been lovely to take the ice and to celebrate a Canadian hero, and it means a lot to us.”
“The lyrics of ‘Long Time Running’ also are easy for us to connect with for our career,” she said. “But we’re really looking forward to performing that on Olympic ice.”
The pair recently picked up two gold medals at this year’s games, making them the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history.
The gala will air Saturday night.