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Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir eye title at World Figure Skating Championships

The darlings of this year’s world figure skating championships, which will be held in London, Ontario, say they’ve “polished” their silver medal-winning routine from the 2013 Four Continents Championships.

“You could say we made some mistakes in our free program, technically,” admitted Ilderton native Scott Moir, one half of Canada’s best ice dancing pair.

It didn’t help when his partner, Londoner Tessa Virtue, experienced a strong leg cramp during the free dance portion of February’s Four Continents meet. The injury forced a temporary stoppage to their program, ultimately costing them a chance at standing atop the podium.

“To be honest, we were really, really pushing it in training,” said Virtue, when asked of the cramp’s origins on a Tuesday media call. “We were really trying to improve on our speed and power, and the intensity of our training increased significantly.”

Virtue insists the injury is a non-issue as they eye a third world championship title, this time on home ice at Budweiser Gardens.

Although Virtue-Moir is ranked No. 2 by the International Skating Union, lagging behind Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the 2010 Olympics gold medalists feel confident.

“Our programs are better than they have been all year,” Virtue, 23, said. “The plan was to peak at worlds and I think we’re right on track.”

Moir, 25, calls the pair’s programs — And The Waltz Goes On for short dance; Carmen for free dance — ambitious. They arrived home following two of the past three world championships with gold in tow.

“It can be frustrating when you push it early in your season. When you go out and compete with a tough, good program, you might not get rewarded right away,” he said.

The pair, together since 1997, has expressed they will likely part ways after the 2013 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. This means London could be their final world championships.

“It’s hard to believe (Sochi) is coming up so quickly,” Virtue said.

Ice dancing schedule for 2013 World Figure Skating Championships:

  • Thursday, March 14, starting at 5:15 p.m. – short dance

  • Saturday, March 16, starting at 2:30 p.m. – free dance