They finished second to American rivals and training mates Meryl Davis and Charlie White, behind by almost seven points. And Canada went along for the ride.
"Amazing", said Virtue. "It was a special moment to come out last". They settled for the silver despite winning the free skate.
Will there ever be another Virtue and Moir?
"And it's something to be that good and to be able to keep at it for that long.to be at the top for three Olympics is quite fantastic".
"Tessa has put up with me for 20 years and that's fantastic", added Moir.
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Ice Dance free dance competition final - Gangneung, South Korea - February 20, 2018 - Gold medallists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, silver medallists Guillaume Cizeron and Gabriella Papadakis of France and bronze medallists Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of the USA celebrate on the podium during the victory ceremony.
Sharpe, of Comox, B.C., delivered on all of her tricks for an opening score of 94.40.
"The top 10 is our ultimate goal", Muramoto commented.
"Virtue/Moir - their skate will be an iconic Olympic skating moment", tweeted skating legend Dick Button, the men's Olympic gold medallist in 1948 and '52.
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The total broke a tie with Russia's Evgeni Plushenko and Sweden's Gillis Grafstrom for most medals in figure skating and they tied the record for gold medals shared by Grafstrom, Sonja Henie of Norway and Irina Rodnina of the Soviet Union. The Canadians also have two silvers.
Kaitlyn Weaver of Toronto and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ontario, who finished in seventh position (181,98), while Piper Gilles of Toronto and Paul Poirier, of Unionville, Ontario, followed in eighth place (176,91).
In the ice dance event, they set the highest short dance score ever recorded to lead the field.
Moir said these Olympics were "personal".
Moir was asked about their contribution to the sport, and was modest in response. "I don't know what we've given to ice dance". Maybe when we're sitting in our rocking chairs in our old age. "We wanted to make sure we got this gold. We've raised each other to a new level". "We just can't be that way.it's not fun to be seven points behind in the free program". (There's adorable YouTube video of the two youngsters in early competitions). The skaters have said they will retire after Pyeongchang.
"The sad thing is after 20 years I still find Scott hysterical". Not that they knew what they needed. When the duo performed their free skate last night, however, the lift was intact - and it won them the gold medal.
"She's actually hilarious. I think some people would be surprised", said Moir. "I thought winning the gold was possible after looking at my record". Although fans would love it, theirs is not a romantic relationship. "We're so proud to be Canadian and to do it for the nation". Who enjoys going in to work every day? It helps them focus, they've said.
"We came away incredibly motivated", she added. "We have the greatest respect for [the French team], and they skated so well, and they push us to be at our best". "How we want to be remembered is by inspiring the next generation".
"We're grateful for the legends that came before us, they really paved the way".
The world's top two teams train together in Montreal and share coaches in Canada's Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrick Lauzon, but they have very different styles. When an official finally tried to end the interviews with the inevitable command of "Last question", Moir wanted to take a few more.