In the spring of 2010, our Hall of Fame committee was faced with a dilemma, albeit a pleasant one. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, along with Christine Nesbitt, had just won gold medals at the Vancouver Olympics. Virtue and Moir were in the early stages of their careers, Nesbit was a little more advanced but nonetheless was not about to retire. Our guidelines for athletes to be considered for induction is retirement from their sport for a period of two years.
However, how often do Londoners win gold medals at the Olympics? Well, very rarely. The committee decided to put the guideline aside and voted to induct the figure skating duo and the long track speed skating whiz. We even moved the induction event into September so as not to interfere with the upcoming skating season.
We honored with pleasure what was considered to be a truly singular achievement.
And, what a great decision it was! Tessa and Scott went on to win World Championship titles, two silver medals at the Sochi Games, and topped it off in the past few days with two gold medals in South Korea. No figure skaters in history have won more Olympic medals.
Thanks to Scott and Tessa for proving our somewhat controversial decision of 2010 was not controversial at all. Congratulations to both of you for all of your achievements since that date. You are truly a unique pair and our most celebrated inductees in the London Sports Hall of Fame.