OTTAWA, ON: The top figure skaters in the country are set to converge on Ottawa, Ont., for the 100th anniversary 2014 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, taking place from January 9-15 at the Canadian Tire Centre. This year’s event celebrates 100 Years of Champions by returning to the host city of the first Canadian championships in 1914.
“Ottawa is where it all began 100 years ago in 1914 and we are so excited to be back in the birthplace of the Canadian championships for the fourteenth time. This year’s event also adds additional excitement and pressure as it is the final competition before our team is named for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia,” said Dan Thompson, Skate Canada CEO. “Skate Canada is proud to be sending the biggest figure skating team in the world to Sochi and the largest Canadian team since 1988.”
“The Canadian Tire National Skating Championships embodies a spirit of hard work and dedication. We applaud the athletes, families, coaches and supportive communities, for their tremendous work in getting these athletes here today,” said Landon French, Vice President, Sport Partnerships, Canadian Tire. “We are extremely proud to be a supporter of this event and the 100 years of heritage and memories it has brought to Canadians everywhere. Our Family of Companies has been a part of skating and learning to skate for over 90 years. From equipment, to keeping parents and coaches warm in the stands, Canadian Tire, Mark’s and L’Equipeur are committed to skating in Canada.”
Approximately 250 skaters in the men’s, women’s, pair and ice dance disciplines at the senior, junior and novice level will compete for the title of Canadian champion. Athletes will vie for spots on the Skate Canada National Team and the Canadian teams that will compete at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, the 2014 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, the 2014 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships and the 2014 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
Leading the way in the men’s category is three-time defending World Champion, six-time defending Canadian champion and 2010 Olympian Patrick Chan, 23, Toronto, Ont.
In women’s, 2013 Canadian champion Kaetlyn Osmond, 18, Marystown, Nfld. & Sherwood Park, Alta., looks to defend the title and secure a debut berth at the 2014 Games.
The 2010 Olympic Champions, two-time world champions and five-time Canadian champions Tessa Virtue, 24, London, Ont., and Scott Moir, 26, Ilderton, Ont., will compete for their sixth Canadian title in ice dance.
Other Canadians ranking among the top-10 at the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships® include three-time men’s Canadian medallist Kevin Reynolds, 23, Coquitlam, B.C., 2011 Canadian pair champions and 2013 Canadian pair silver medalists Kirsten Moore-Towers, 21, St. Catharines, Ont., and Dylan Moscovitch, 29, Toronto, Ont., and six-time Canadian ice dance medallists Kaitlyn Weaver, 24, Waterloo, Ont., and Andrew Poje, 26, Waterloo, Ont.
Tickets still remain and can be purchased online at www.capitaltickets.ca, by phone at 1.877.788.FANS (3267) or 613.599.FANS (3267), or in person at the Canadian Tire Centre box office.
Media who have not already applied for accreditation are asked to contact Emma Bowie, Manager, Communications. She will be the onsite media contact at the event and can be reached at 613.747.1007 x2547 or at [email protected].