Canadian figure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have secured a strong points lead in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics short dance event, despite cutting what Moir once described as a straight-up “porno” manoeuvre from their provocative routine.

Virtue and Moir wound up with a score of 80.51, thanks to a flashy and technically impressive showing set to the Moulin Rouge soundtrack. Incredibly, the 2010 Gold medallists secured top placing without the inclusion of their most risqué move – an upwards flip which sees Virtue’s legs resting on Moir’s shoulders, with her grabbing the back of his head.

The move, described by The Toronto Star as “a kind of sex-chokehold”, prominently figured in their routine all season. Here’s video of the move in full flight, captured at a competition before the Olympics:

In the current routine, that position is held for a split second before Virtue drops her leg to make the whole thing a lil’ more PG.

Before the Games kicked off, Moir deftly addressed the decision to nix that particularly crotch-y element by saying “when we slowed it down and looked on the video, it wasn’t aesthetically that beautiful of a position.”

Virtue agreed, saying “I think we liked that it made a statement” which “was great for the start of the season.

“But for the overall vision of the program, we hope that this new position fits a little better.”

After the recent national championships, Virtue also alluded to the move’s “certain edge or sexuality or darkness or a contemporary feeling.” 

She also admitted the pair changed things up over a perception that the Olympic judges would be particularly strict, and perhaps not as welcoming of, well, the insinuations. 

In any case, the pair will go into the final short dance event next Monday on 10 team points, ahead of the USA on 9 and the Olympic athletes of Russia on 8.

Source: The Toronto Star
Image: Xin Li / Getty