But skating last, Virtue and Moir pulled out the dance of their lives under incredible pressure to earn 122.40 for a combined record total of 206.07 points and the gold.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have won the gold medal in ice dance at the Pyeongchang Olympics, becoming the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history with their third gold and fifth medal overall.
"It was fantastic to finally have that Olympic moment because four years ago in Sochi we left with a lot of experience, but still yearning to have that really special moment on Olympic ice that we've grown up watching".
Canadian broadcasters CBC played a five-minute montage featuring footage from the pair's illustrious 20-year career and it was all too much for those watching at home.
On Tuesday, in a breathtaking, historic ice dance competition, they did it again.
"We wanted to make a bit of a different statement, and if that was bringing a certain edge or sexuality or darkness or a contemporary feeling to it, mission accomplished I guess, " Virtue said after performing the provocative lift at the Canadian nationals.
"It was a special moment to come out last", she added.
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Twitter is still going insane and there will surely be much celebrating when the pair returns home to Canada. "We knew that our goals and our sights were set on 2018 and that gave us four years to develop our craft and really grow as people". The delegation says in a statement that "we express our honest regret over the fact of the incident". "How we want to be remembered is by inspiring the next generation".
The pair had previously said the Pyeongchang Games would be their last Olympics and hinted that retirement from competition could be in their plans soon. "That's what we did, and we have to be proud of ourselves, delivering a great performance with that happening". I think that's something that shows how strong this team is and how resilient we are. That was followed by two silver medals in 2014.
Kaitlyn Weaver of Toronto and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., were seventh, one spot ahead of Piper Gilles of Toronto and Paul Poirier of Unionville, Ont. But in the end, the margin was not big enough to eclipse the Canadians world-record breaking combined score.
Papadakis and Cizeron have an elegant, lyrical style while Moir and Virtue are known for their sensuality and energy on the ice. They made a spectacular return, rewriting the record books and racking up wins until the Grand Prix Final in December, where they lost to Papadakis and Cizeron by less than two points.
Virtue and Moir led after Monday's short programme, in which Papadakis suffered an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction. The duo were visibly upset after they left the ice following the skate.
And that's exactly what they did. Moir and Virtue, though, claim that they are not.
Taking their second bronze medal of this Olympics, US siblings Alex and Maia Shibutani came third in the Ice Dance. Their total of 192.59 points made up the two-hundredths of a point they trailed teammates Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, leaving them fourth.