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Canadian ice dancers whine; Scott Moir, Tessa Virtue give excuses on missed gold

Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue give excuses on missing the gold
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Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue took the podium at the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday morning and picked up the silver medal for Olympic ice dancing. The pair looked delighted at the opportunity and smiled repeatedly. After they were assured to get the medals, the couple decided to let the world know what is really on their minds. Apparently they think their coach is partly responsible for the pair not winning the gold medal at the ice dancing competition. According to the San Francisco Gate on Tuesday, the Olympic winning pair says the split allegiance of coach Marina Zoueva hurt them in the Olympics.

Doesn't this whining about not getting an Olympic gold medal sound like sour grapes?

The issue is that their coach has two couples who were on the Olympic podium. The Canadians allege that Meryl Davis and Charlie White got preferential treatment. Starting earlier in the year, the pair noticed a difference in their training and apparently ignored the warning signs that they were not the coach's favorite Olympic athletes. Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue also said they were happy about the Olympics results, but if that really is true why talk about their coach in such a negative way?

Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue not only sound completely entitled by bringing this up, but airing concerns about their coach in public after winning an Olympic medal leaves a terrible taste in every fan’s mouth. Nobody is interested in hearing how athletes could have been gold medal winner, if, someone would have made it better for them. The coach might help, but it is the skater’s responsibility to perform the program.

This whole issue of making excuses on not being the best is quite sad, but not surprising. More and more athletes are whining about not being on the podium in first place. Surprisingly it’s not the people who go home without a medal, but those athletes who do.

The solution? Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue should consider retiring. They sound upset and tired of the ice dance competition. And after their remarks in Sochi, they might be without an ice dance coach too.

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