Canadian ice dancers Virtue and Moir to return next season

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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are planning a comeback after a two-year break.

The 2010 Olympic champions said Saturday that they will return to competition next season.

The 26-year-old Virtue and 28-year-old Moir took two seasons off after finishing second in the ice dance and team events at the 2014 Sochi Games. They plan to move to Montreal to train with Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon.

''In returning to competition, our motivation stems solely from our love for the sport and our desire to create art. We are ready for the challenge, and ready to embrace life as athletes again,'' Virtue and Moir said in a statement released by Skate Canada. ''With Marie-France and Patrice, we have found a renewed passion for skating that feels both invigorating and inspiring. We have been working tirelessly on new techniques, and a different approach to ice dance - both mechanically and philosophically.''

Virtue, from London, Ontario, and Moir, from Ilderton, Ontario, also are two-time world champions.