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Virtue-ly Moir gold assured for Canada?

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There's a sneaking suspicion Tessa will be one of Canada's most popular baby names of 2010.

More apposite observers of figure skating can put Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir's perfect performance into perspective. Some are already comparing Moir singing "O Canada" when he stepped onto the podium with the 1982 world junior team for spontaneous singing to celebrate a victory.

It also draws Canada within two of the U.S. for the most golds, 7-5, with Germany and Norway standing on six.

Curling, hockey, and women's ski cross are still ahead on the Olympic docket. There are also relays in men's short-track speedskating and women's long track., coming into Monday, still projected Canada winning the most gold medals. It feels almost cheap to bring up numbers after the performance Virtue and Moir put on. Even watching them warm up in the hallways of Pacific Coliseum was transfixing. (One wonders if CBC would have put a camera back there.)

Beyond that, there is little else one can add.

There was second-guessing on Twitter about CTV's Rod Black announcing that Virtue and Moir had won the gold just as the final pair – Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, who would win bronze – completed the free dance.

Please. Black knows figure skating cold, and his job is to fill in the audience on what isn't made obvious by the images. It was an easy call to say it then, rather than wait for the scores on what he called the Russians' "clunky" routine.

Canada rallying around ice dancing. You would think we lost a hockey game the night before.

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