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Ice-dancers Moir and Virtue among 114 Order of Canada inductees

Last Updated Nov 27, 2020 at 12:03 pm EDT

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir skate off the ice after performing their free dance during the senior ice dance competition at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday January 13, 2018. Virtue and Moir will carry Canada's flag into the opening ceremony at next month's Winter Games in South Korea. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

OTTAWA — Champion ice-dancers Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue are among 114 athletes, artists, scholars and community leaders named to the Order of Canada today.

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette’s office announced the new honourees this morning.

Others in the group include Indigenous writer Thomas King, winemaker John Peller, dancer and choreographer Elizabeth Langley, geriatrician Roger Wong, Cree elder Doreen Spence and ex-politicians Bill Graham and Allan Rock.

Moir and Virtue catapulted to national stardom with their gold-medal performances at the Winter Olympics in 2018.

They’re being honoured for their athletic excellence and for inspiring a new generation of figure skaters.

The Order of Canada is one of the country’s highest civilian honours.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 27, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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