Vancouver Olympic ice dancing champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will not skate this season but are not ruling out returning to the sport.
Virtue and Moir, who won silver behind training partners Meryl Davis and Charlie White in Sochi, will still do ice shows over the next several months, according to Skate Canada.
“It will be really exciting to push ourselves in new directions, and have more creative freedom with these show programs,” Moir said in a press release. “We love competing, but the opportunity to work outside the confines of the competitive rules is really refreshing and should add a new dimension to our skating.”
Davis and White similarly said in June they would not compete this season but could return another year.
The Sochi Olympic bronze medalists were Russians Yelena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov. They are no longer partners.
Virtue and Moir and Davis and White skipped the post-Olympic World Championships in March, where the medalists were, in order, Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy, Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Canada and Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France.
Pechalat and Bourzat have retired.