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Virtue, Moir drop famous Goose lift from program

Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have shelved the breathtaking lift nicknamed The Goose, which remains one of the most enduring images of the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games.

The Goose has been cooked.

Canada's Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have shelved the breathtaking lift they nicknamed "The Goose," which was popular among fans and one of the most enduring images of the Vancouver Winter Games.

"I think everyone is sick of it, they're sick of seeing it," Virtue said.

"We're sick of doing it," Moir added. "We just wanted something fresh."

In the lift, Moir glided sideways in a crouched spread-eagle, while Virtue balanced on one knee on his back, her arms outstretched. She would then spill forward into his arms.

Grey Goose vodka even created a signature cocktail — the Gold Medal Goose — in their honour after the Olympics.

Virtue, 21, and Moir, 23, will debut their new Goose-less, Latin-themed free dance at the world championships on Saturday. They're making a comeback after being sidelined for most of the season after Virtue underwent surgery on her legs in the fall. They competed at the Four Continents championships in February, but pulled out 30 seconds into the free dance when Virtue felt tightness in her thigh.

The two say they have some new wow-factor lifts this season.

"We think there's a couple of things," Moir said.

They had planned to perform The Goose in the exhibition program that traditionally caps skating competitions.

"But we haven't done it in about six months, so we might have to pull it from that too," Moir said, then added with a shrug: "New year, new moves."

Virtue and Moir became the youngest Olympic ice dance gold medallists in Vancouver, and the first North Americans to win gold in the discipline. Less than a month later, they captured their first world championship in Turin, Italy.

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