Other than that enduring are-they-or-aren't-they question (at last week's event for The Body Shop, Scott made a point of stating that they aren't... *shrug*), Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir ought to know something about sore muscles, bumps and bruises. After all, they're working challenging lifts and jumps while skimming unyielding ice on thin metal blades. Not a walk in the park.
"We have great physiotherapists and massage therapists, but at the end of a long training day, the best thing for me is to have a bath," says Tessa. "Sometimes I put epsom salts in... as long as I have a candle and the bath, it's pretty relaxing. It's a nice way for my body to decompress."
"I'm the opposite, I don't like to take baths at all," says Scott. "It makes me feel loose, and I like to keep feeling strong. I stretch, but mid-week I don't like to feel loose. Maybe Friday or Saturday I'll get a massage, though. It's really important to get rest and eat right; that's what helps my body recover most."
The gold-medalist pair was in town to help launch The Body Shop Body Butter Duos ($16 each), dual-chamber tubs containing the brand's popular body cream and an ultra-moisturizing version for very dry areas. Tessa gives them a nod for keeping her skin supple. "We spend all our time in a freezing cold, dry rink, and I've had two surgeries on both my legs. I found the intense moisturizer helped my scars," she explains. "And my costumes tend to show a lot of skin, so I want to have a nice glow and smooth skin."
"I'm not really so much for the glow, but I really do have horrible elbows from being in the rink so long," Scott interjects. "Everybody goes through that winter phase, but we're always in the rink, in the cold. We constantly have to moisturize." Before The Body Shop came calling, Scott says he used pretty much whatever he could get his hands on. Now he uses the Macadamia Body Butter Duo. "It's pretty neutral. I don't have any of my buddies going -- *makes funny, obnoxious sniffing-around motions.* "I use the dry-skin part on my elbows, and the rest everywhere else."
Of course I get a goofy image in my head of the pair getting all slip-slidey with a case of the dropsies from using too much body butter. "No, not at all," laughs Tessa. "We just smell really good."
And of course, Tessa and Scott clearly did not have the slip-slidey dropsies during their 2010 Gold medal performance at the Vancouver Olympics.
Opening group photo by Greig Reekie