Dating for skaters

"It's a lot of communication, we've learned throughout the years of being together what works and what doesn't.

"We switch off the minute you get in the ring – yeah for sure." Rink romance in Pyeongchang is by no means confined to the Knierims.

"It’s more about a friendship, our working relationship is so strong.

Alas, for "Tessa and Scott" fans, the gold medal winners keep it strictly in the friend zone.

Virtue and Moir helped Canada win gold in the team figure skating competition on Sunday with an emotional routine set to songs from the movie musical "Moulin Rouge." It was the second gold medal of their already decorated careers.

The Canadian duo, whose not-so-PG programs resulted in two gold medals in Pyeong Chang, have played coy about their personal lives throughout the Olympic experience. They want you guys to be a couple,” Kotb said, via People, with Guthrie adding, “We kind of do, too.” Virtue, 28, replied, “That’s such a compliment,” while partner Moir, 30, offered a lengthier explanation about their post-Olympic plans during a press conference Wednesday morning that offers hope for a future off the ice.

They even shut down “Today’s” Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie during an interview Tuesday morning. “We love working together, we’ll have to find just in which way we want to do that.

"When we go home it's play time, it's easy." It was not always like that, they say.

"Right after we got married we had a lot of life obstacles," she said, with Nick agreeing: "We really hit the marriage hard." "Yep sickness, death in the family, we hit it all, those things changed us on the ice," added Alexa. The Knierim's fellow Americans, ice dance pair Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue ended their two-and-a-half year romance but kept the day job and remain a couple on ice.

Moir eventually called her eight months into the budding "romance" and ended it, he told the Globe and Mail.

The two have been skating together for two decades.

A heated exchange over the cornflakes needs to be quickly forgotten if like Alexa you have to put your total trust in the man you would have happily throttled a short time earlier.

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