She may be the most famous Canadian female figure skater right now, as well as Canada's sweetheart, but 24-year-old Tessa Virtue isn't basking in the spotlight.

The Olympic gold medal winner told CTV News she and ice dancing partner Scott Moir spent last month in a sort of self-imposed media exile in the U.S. while they trained for this year's Sochi Olympics.

She's also notoriously tough on herself: she wasn't pleased with the pair's performance in the short dance at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships, even though they won gold. Let's hope she takes her discipline and talent to gold this time around, at what is expected to be her and Moir's final Games.

Check out some facts you might not know about Tessa Virtue in the slideshow below.

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  • She Won An Olympic Gold Medal In Extreme Pain

    Virtue and Moir's gold medal performance at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics stunned everyone, but we were even more surprised to learn that she competed in severe pain. She suffered from chronic exertional compartment syndrome, a condition brought on by exercise that caused pain, swelling and pressure in her lower legs. She <a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/olympics/virtue-and-moir-plan-to-savour-sochi-likely-their-last-olympic-appearance/article16519994/" target="_blank">underwent surgery in 2008</a> to allow the muscle in her legs to expand, but the problem returned, bringing pain so intense she couldn't walk around a mall for 10 minutes, <a href="http://www2.macleans.ca/2010/11/02/scott-moir-and-tessa-virtue/" target="_blank">she told Maclean's</a>. She went under the knife again in the fall of 2010, and that procedure was much more successful.

  • She And Moir Went To Couples' Counselling

    After a 2008 surgery to reduce the swelling in her leg muscles, Virtue said she and Moir stopped talking for a few months while he waited for her to come back to train. <a href="http://www2.macleans.ca/2010/11/02/scott-moir-and-tessa-virtue/" target="_blank">Moir told Maclean's</a> he was worried about whether or not she'd recover, so he kept his distance, but that ended up hurting their relationship. 'It took us a long time to trust each other again', she said in that interview. So they went to a sports psychologist who also does marriage counseling to try and learn to communicate better.

  • She's Currently In School

    Along with her grueling training schedule, Virtue is working on her degree. She's <a href="http://www.uwindsor.ca/dailynews/2014-01-27/draw-offers-prize-encouraging-olympians" target="_blank">currently a psychology student</a> at the University of Windsor. She started her degree in 2009, but we wouldn't be surprised if she hasn't finished it yet.

  • She Posed For Today's Bride Magazine (And It's Not What You Think)

    Perhaps because they're so glamorous, or maybe it's a subtle poke at everyone who doesn't believe they're not dating, but Virtue and Moir were the stars of a <a href="http://www.todaysbride.ca/articles/behind-the-scenes-at-today-s-bride-april-2013/Behind-the-Scenes-at-Todays-Bride-25" target="_blank">very classy photo shoot </a>for Today's Bride magazine. You can see more photos here on Today's Bride's website.

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