A lot has changed since Elladj Baldé was a young boy, hiding his skates in a closet so that his mother wouldn’t press him to go skating. Now it appears that the 22-year-old skater, born in Russia ( he came to Canada when he was two), has become a contender for one of the three […]
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OTTAWA, ON: Canada will send four athletes to the fourth stop on the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating. The 2013 NHK Trophy will take place from November 8-10, 2013, at the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. The event will feature all four disciplines, and Canada will have two entries: one in pair, and […]
OTTAWA, ON: Olympic Bronze Medalist and six-time Canadian Champion Joannie Rochette has been named the Athlete Ambassador for the upcoming 2014 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in Ottawa, Ontario. The event will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Championships at the Canadian Tire Centre from January 9-15, 2014. The very first event was also […]
DORTMUND, Germany – Ice dancers Kharis Ralph of Toronto, Ont., and Asher Hill of Pickering, Ont., won bronze over the weekend at the NRW Trophy, a senior international ice dance competition in Dortmund, Germany. Ralph and Hill sat in fourth following a short dance of 50.35 points but managed to climb on the podium with […]
Dan Thompson once climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, with a storied peak or two known to have felled many an intrepid mountaineer. Now he’s climbing another. “I like challenges,” he said. He’s the new chief executive officer of Skate Canada, charged with bringing the organization into the new world, through at least the next couple of quadrennials. […]
From celebrating some of this nation’s most prominent country music stars and female athletes to recognizing significant moments in our history, Canada Post’s 2014 stamp program will demonstrate the diverse combination of achievement, progress, culture and tragedy that helps define Canada. In a new series to be issued in July, country music stars Tommy Hunter, […]
SAINT JOHN, N.B. – It was emotional for sure. With their elegant routine to concertos by Russian composer Alexander Glazunov (with a little help from Alexander Scriabin), Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir wrapped up their fifth Skate Canada title in their storied career. They brought an audience to its feet in the Harbour Station arena, […]
SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Even Patrick Chan gets nervous. On Saturday night, Patrick Chan competed against nine other men, but mostly he competed against himself. Luckily for him, he won. “I was nervous, honestly,” he said after earning 173.93 points for his free skate, (187.96 is his best) and 262.03 in total, well behind his […]
SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Canadian champion Kaetlyn Osmond bore a quiet, somber mien Saturday afternoon, when she withdrew from the women’s event at the Skate Canada International, after having been fifth in the short program. She had battled bravely back from a “stress reaction” injury to make miracles, just to be here, but a new […]
SAINT JOHN, N.B. – With their enchanting Alice in Wonderland routine, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford peered through a looking glass and found themselves with a bronze medal, with scores they didn’t expect. Their tally? 190.62. Duhamel and Radford feel their exquisite Alice in Wonderful routine is Olympic medal potential, but errors in Saint John […]
SAINT JOHN, N.B. – It took only a tiny moment of doubt to turn a quadruple toe loop – triple toe loop into a triple-triple, good by the standards of some women’s competitions, but not for three-time world champion Patrick Chan. Chan did only a triple toe loop – triple toe loop at the beginning […]
SAINT JOHN, N.B. – The 2010 Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are in first place after the short dance with a score of 73.15 at the Skate Canada International Grand Prix. Their lead is just 2.80 points ahead of compatriots Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, who expressed pleasant surprise at their personal best […]