Tessa Virtue was born in 1989 in Ontario, Canada. At a young age, Virtue initially expressed her interest in modern dance and ballet but later tried skating. She even rejected an offer from the National Ballet School to focus on the sport. She also trained in track and gymnastics.
In 1997, Virtue met fellow young skater Scott Moir. At eight years old, she began her ice dance career with Moir as her partner. The following year, they went on their first competition and landed on their debut win.
By 2000, things started to escalate for Virtue’s ice dance career. Together with Moir, they won at a junior’s national competition. Soon after, Virtue moved in Michigan to take further training under the instruction of a Russian figure skating coach and a former ice dancing competitor.
In 2006, Virtue and Moir became the first Canadians to bag the world championship title under the junior ice dance category. Two years later, they received their first world championship medal as international seniors.