(October 30, 2008) – It’s hard to believe that 35 years of Skate Canada International have gone by!

Skate Canada International dates all the way back to 1973 when the first event was held in Calgary, Alberta. Topping the podium in 1973 were Canadians Toller Cranston in men’s and Lynn Nightingale in ladies, with Great Britain’s Hilary Green and Glyn Watts winning ice dance. The pair discipline would not be introduced until 1984 in Victoria, B.C.

Olympian and four-time Canadian Champion Lynn Nightingale is a figure skating legend in Canada and around the world. Skate Canada is privileged to welcome Lynn to the 2008 HomeSense Skate Canada International! Lynn was the first woman to win the event in 1973; she also won it in 1974. Lynn will be awarding the medals in the ladies discipline.

1962 World Champion, four-time Canadian Champion, Olympic bronze medalist and first man to ever land a tripe Lutz in competition Donald Jackson will also be celebrating 35 years of Skate Canada International. Donald will be present at the event and will be awarding the medals in the men’s category.

World Ice Dance Champion, Olympic silver medalist and French National Champion Isabelle Duchesnay will be awarding the medals in ice dance. Isabelle is a Canadian citizen but represented France during her skating career with her brother Paul.

2008 HomeSense Skate Canada International Athlete Ambassador, 1988 Olympic silver medalist and world medalist Liz Manley will be awarding the medals in pair. Look for Liz during the event as she will be present for the entirety of the event.

Did you know?

1979 was the only year Skate Canada International was cancelled. The event was cancelled that year due to Flaming Leaves a competition that took place in Lake Placid as a pre-Olympic event. It was decided not to hold Skate Canada International to allow skaters to compete on Olympic ice.

1990 was the only year in history that Canadians in all four disciplines topped the podium. Kurt Browning in men’s; Josée Chouinard in women’s; Isabelle Brasseur and Lloyd Eisler in pair; and Jacqueline Petr and Mark Janoschak in ice dance.

Canadian Elvis Stojko has won the event five times:  1991, 1992, 1994, 1996 and 1997.

Canadian ice dancers Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz also won the event five times but in a row; 1994-1998!

Skate Canada International became one of six events on the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating circuit when the series was introduced in 1998.

None of the champions from 2007 will be present to defend their titles.

To find out more fun-facts about the Skate Canada International over the years pick up the 2008 HomeSense Skate Canada souvenir program available at the HomeSense Boutique at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa during the event October 30-Novemer 2, 2008!

If you have not yet ordered your tickets for the event please click here for details on how you can be a part of the excitement!


 
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