However, the new PG version - which was due to be on display in the team event ice dance free dance in the early hours of Monday morning - saw the hold last for just a fleeting moment before Virtue dipped one leg down and dismounted.
The original move from January's nationals can be seen at the 2:26 mark in the video below. The gravity-defying lift ends with Virtue straddling Moir's shoulders while the pair spin across the ice and Virtue cradles Moir's face.
Moir has reportedly called the move "suggestive".
An adjustment has been made to the routine in an attempt to make it more family-friendly - a change the pair were expecting heading to Pyeongchang.
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A Canadian, Olympic figure skating duo have made a decision to tone down their routine, which had been described as "risqué" and "lustful".
"I think edgy would probably summarise most of the programme quite well and that's what we were going for", Virtue told The Toronto Star. The judges did not agree with the naysayers.
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The Canadian pairing of Scott Moir and his partner Tessa Virtue are looking for their second Olympic gold medal in ice dancing chose to modify their risqué lift during their routine.
The Canadians won silver when the team event made its Olympic debut in 2014 in Sochi, and have had their sights set on gold ever since. Whether the choice to change the lift is purely artistic or is meant to help tone down the "suggestive" program, it's safe to say that Moir and Virtue aren't taking any chances in letting gold get past them.