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Once the ice dance competition ends, Moir nominates himself to take the injured Steven Stamkos’ spot on the Canadian hockey team. He and Virtue joke to each other about how they’ll be ballroom dancing together when they’re old.

But they don’t want to think about what’s next just yet. Moir had found himself a bit overwhelmed in October by the realization he was probably competing at his last Skate Canada. Zoueva reminded him that the future is unpredictable and uncertain.

One thing he and Virtue know for sure: They want to tell the world that gold is the goal.

“Part of saying that is holding yourself accountable,” Virtue said. “If you say it out loud, you have to back it up.”