Figure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir toned their routine down at the Olympics after one particular move was considered too provocative for the games (video below).
The Canadian figure-skating duo, who are three-time Winter Olympics medalists, opted to adjust their routine after one of the moves was thought to be too racy for the family-friendly event.
"What it came down to, actually, was that when we slowed it down and looked on the video, it wasn’t aesthetically that beautiful of a position, so we wanted to change it, make it a little bit better," Moir told the Canadian Press, the New York Post reported.
The dance program that was altered for the Olympics in South Korea found Virtue flipping backward onto Moir's shoulders, straddling him and then ending up with her legs wrapped around his head and his face perhaps too close to her crotch area. Moir referred to the move as "suggestive."
"We wanted to make a bit of a different statement, and if that was bringing a certain edge or sexuality or darkness or a contemporary feeling to it, mission accomplished I guess," Virtue told the Toronto Star.
The move was revised so that Virtue straddles Moir for a shorter amount of time.
"We don’t feel like we will back on this stage again so we wanted to make sure we had a good performance. And what great preparation for the Olympic Games because it’s a similar feeling when you have so much pressure," Moir told the Toronto Star of their Olympics performance.
Moir and Virtue have a history at the Olympics, and tied the record for most medals won by figure skaters.
"Obviously the skaters in generations before us didn't have the opportunity to win multiple medals at an Olympic Games," Moir told ABC News.
"We recognize that. But what we do realize -- and I think I learned this from Evgeni Plushenko actually -- is a lot of things have to go right. You have to be pretty fortunate to do multiple games and have a shot at medals. When I look at that, I just think of how fortunate we've been to compete on the world's best scale."
Many viewers thought that the move in question wasn't as racy as some made it out to be, and dismissed the controversy surrounding it.
"They've been doing this lift since 2012-13. Nobody has said anything about it until now, days before the Olympics. Absolutely ridiculous [in my opinion]. If people think this lift is 'too vulgar' then you can say that for so many other lifts in figure skating. This lift shows exemplary athletic ability, trust, innovation, and 100% fearlessness. Apparently people only notice that Tessa's crotch is in Scott's face," one viewer commented on a YouTube clip of the move.
"How prude and moralist you have to be to see outrageousness in an ice skater lift? Malice is in the eye of the beholder," another added.