Weeks before stepping back on competitive ice, Virtue and Moir inspired by Rio

    TORONTO – When Tessa Virtue watched Derek Drouin soar to a high jump gold medal this past summer in Rio, the connection she felt went beyond being a fellow Olympic champion.

    In the weeks after Rio, Drouin revealed he had competed through a stress fracture in his back, a persevering-through-pain theme that also ran through Virtue’s gold medal performance at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Virtue was suffering through compartment syndrome in her legs – it would eventually require a second surgery – and the pain was so severe there were days she could barely walk from her room at the athletes village to the cafeteria.

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