“If you can handle training with your ex every day, that’s great.” The skaters now each date one member of a Spanish ice-dancing couple.Other ice dancers said they’re just fine making their skating partner their life partner.A 2014 Globe and Mail profile captured them in the process of learning to deal with the public’s willingness to blur the line between fantasy and reality.”People all of a sudden now associate the Carmen character with my personality,” Virtue told the paper.They’ve skated to songs like “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and “Good Kisser” and have worked on-ice kisses into their routines.Fans started calling one move from their 2017-’18 program, in which Virtue briefly straddles Moir’s face, “the cunniliftus.” Though Moir and Virtue removed it from their final program, the Speechless. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for all of the support. ❤️ #Virtue Moir #XX #Pyeong Chang2018 pic.twitter.com/EAt0EYm8b O— Tessa Virtue (@tessavirtue) February 20, 2018 The act of shipping people in real life is part of a longstanding fandom practice known as RPF, short for real-person fiction (or fanfiction), which is basically just the practice of creating fiction about real people.“Skating and dating doesn’t work for some people, but we decided we would make it work.” said American athlete Evan Bates who’s been dating his ice dance partner Madison Chock since 2017.With athletes performing steamy acrobatic dances, viewers get to a play a sport of their own — who’s dating who.
And just as we project a variety of sociocultural meanings onto the public personas of celebrities, we ascribe a similar kind of cultural meaning and value to the relationships they engage in.Of them all, Virtue and Moir might be the best at their business.Their on-ice routines have consistently woven narratives around romantic relationships, from the white-clad virtuous purity of their 2010 Olympics routine to the stormy all-black routine set to during the 2013-’14 season.The international cavalcade of skaters whose on-ice chemistry has fueled speculation about their real-life relationships is led by Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who have retained their off-the-ice title of “Canada’s sweethearts” ever since their gold medal performance in Vancouver in 2010.The duo won Olympic gold for the second time on Monday night skating a sensual routine set to music from This is super cute and super lovely but also if any of you hugged anybody like that anywhere near me I would feel super weird and make fun of you both pic.twitter.com/W7Vh KFVuxc— Anne T.Part of the reason, as the Cut goes on to point out, is that we’re wired to read these elaborate on-ice performances as real, so we therefore them to be real.But the construction of those performances, and our reaction to them, says a lot about all of us.They’re the first married couple to compete for the U. for the sports, the fan response to this week’s ice dancing event proves that notion wrong.An Olympic skating duo who were dating for over two years said they had to break up — so they could continue to be a couple on the ice. “To work harder and do all of these things right, we just realized that to date and be with each other 24-7 with our particular personalities was just explosive,” Hubbell said in a November interview for Team USA, “and we weren’t able to keep our focus where it needed to be.” “It’s just kind of how life happens,” Donohue told the Wall Street Journal. ice dancers Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, who’ve been performing together since 2011, said splitting up is a golden opportunity.