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Athlete Spotlight: Aurora Cotop

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Q: How old were you when you first started figure skating?
Aurora: 4 years-old

Q: If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Aurora: Chicken. I would eat it all day, every day, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Q: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Aurora: The ability to telepathically out people in my shoes so they can see that I am always right.

Q: What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?
Aurora: Cats. As many as possible.

Q: What is your dream vacation destination and why?
Aurora: Anywhere warm that has nice sandy beaches. The sand must be soft. This is very important. Top priority. I went to a beach in Mexico this year that had the worst sand. I couldn’t walk for the rest of the trip. Also, no sharks is a must. I would like to come back alive.

Q: What is your favourite thing about figure skating?
Aurora: I love the mixture between athleticism and the artistry. It is such a beautiful sport, but it is also very, very difficult.

Athlete Spotlight: Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier

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Q: How old were you when you first started figure skating?
Piper: 2 ½-years-old
Paul:
 5-years old

Q: If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Piper: A good chocolate chip cookie
Paul: 
Cook up rice

Q: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Piper: My superpower would be to fly so I can get to places faster
Paul: 
Speak all the languages

Q: What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?
Piper: An adventurous vacation to all the places I’ve been wanting to go
Paul: 
Some mutual funds or something responsible

Q: What is your dream vacation destination and why?
Piper: That’s a tough one!! I’ve always wanted to go to Santorini or Croatia in the summertime on the coast!
Paul: 
Bolivia…. Just always a place that has fascinated me.

Q: What is your favourite thing about figure skating?
Piper: My favorite thing about skating is that it gives you the chance to create art with my body, emotions and spirit.
Paul: 
The energy and pull of the momentum moving through my body.

Athlete Spotlight: Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro

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Q: How old were you when you first started figure skating?
Kirsten: 2 years-old
Michael: 
2 years-old

Q: If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Kirsten: Pizza
Michael: 
Pizza

Q: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Kirsten: Teleportation
Michael: 
To be able to fly

Q: What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?
Kirsten: Donate to doggies
Michael: 
A house on a lake

Q: What is your dream vacation destination and why?
Kirsten: I love to travel. A few current dreams are Greece, Amalfi Coast and French Polynesia.
Michael: 
Surfing in Australia

Q: What is your favourite thing about figure skating?
Kirsten: Performing
Michael: 
Tight clothing and sparkles

Athlete Spotlight: Piper Gilles/Paul Poirier

Piper Gilles

Q: What is the best advice that you were given?
Piper: Don’t change the person

Q: Who is your biggest motivation?
Piper: My Mom

Q: Who is your celebrity crush?
Piper: Chris Hemsworth

Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Piper: People who leave the tooth paste cap off

Q: What fictional character would you like to meet in real life?
Piper: Regina George

Paul Poirier

Q: What’s your go to song to get pumped up for training or a competition?
Paul: I don’t have a special pump-up song, but for our first two seasons I would send a link to the “Blitzkrieg Bop” to Piper before every competition.

Q: What is your favourite place in the world and why?
Paul: Libraries!

Q: What’s your favourite emoji?
Paul: 🤡

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
Paul: When people expect everything to be done for them by others.

Q: What song would be the theme song for your life?
Paul: You Learn, by Alanis Morissette. Also the Annie’s Edges music that I’ve done stroking too way too many times.

Athlete Spotlight: Keegan Messing

Keegan Messing

Q: What is your favourite emoji?
Keegan: 🤠

Q: If you weren’t a figure skater, what sport would you do?
Keegan: Freestyle skiing, moguls or gymnastics

Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Keegan: Bad drivers

Q: What fictional character would you like to meet in real life and why?
Keegan: Toothless from How to Train your Dragon because how cool would it be to ride dragon

Q: What song would be the theme song for your life?
Keegan: Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Athlete Spotlight: Gabrielle Daleman

Gabrielle Daleman

Q: What’s your favourite social media account to follow?
Gabby: @selenagomez

Q: What is your favourite place in the world and why?
Gabby: Milan, Italy. I love the fashion, the culture and the architecture there.

Q:Who is your celebrity crush?
Gabby: Shawn Mendes

Q: What fictional character would you like to meet in real life and why?
Gabby: All the Disney princesses.

Q:What’s your favourite emoji?
Gabby: 🥀

Athlete Spotlight: Nicolas Nadeau

Nicolas Nadeau

Q: What is the best advice that you were given?
Nicolas: If you don’t’ know something, google it! (my sister helping me do homework)

Q: What would you like people to remember about you?
Nicolas: The guy who’s fun to watch on the ice!

Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Nicolas: Cold ice time during winter practice at my rink, with the guy working there leaving the garage door open for, what it seems like, forever.

Q: What fictional character would you like to meet in real life and why?
Nicolas: Rick from Rick and Morty show! So I can ask him “Why?”

Q: What’s your favourite place in the world and why?
Nicolas: I’ve never been to California but I’m sure it will be my favourite because of all the nice surfing spots and the lifestyle there.

Athlete Spotlight: Kirsten Moore-Towers/Michael Marinaro

Kirsten Moore-Towers

Q: What’s your favourite social media account to follow?
Kirsten: @thebucketlistfamily

Q: What is your favourite place in the world and why?
Kirsten: Vancouver. The mountains and oceans make me feel euphoric (even when it’s raining)

Q: What is your favourite emoji?
Kirsten: ‍ 🤷🏼‍ 👏 🎉

Q: Who is your celebrity crush?
Kirsten: Zac Efron, Channing Tatum

Q: If you weren’t a figure skater, what sport would you do?
Kirsten: Football quarterback. Just kidding. Frankly, I’m not very skilled in any other sports so I always struggle with this question.

Michael Marinaro

Q: What is your favourite place in the world and why?

Michael: Italy – because of the food

Q: Who is your celebrity crush?
Michael: Hilary Duff

Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Michael: Not being able to turn right on reds in Montreal.

Q: What fictional character would you like to meet in real life?
Michael: Rocky Balboa

Q: If you weren’t a figure skater, what sport would you do?
Michael: Golf

Athlete Spotlight: Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje

Kaitlyn Weaver

Q. What’s your go to song to get pumped up for training or a competition?
Kaitlyn: My go-to song to get pumped up for a competition really depends on my mood. Ones that never fail include “Moment 4 Life” by Nicki Minaj and “Shoop” by Salt n Pepa.

Q. Who is someone in the sports world, past or present, you’d love to have dinner with and why?
Kaitlyn: I would love to have dinner with Billie Jean King. I am so inspired by her bravery, and would be extremely humbled to celebrate with her!

Q. What is the best advice that you were given?
Kaitlyn: Since I was a little girl, my mom always told me to do my best, hold fast to what I believe in, and not worry what people think, because in the end it will all pay off. She was right!

Q. What’s your favourite social media account to follow?
Kaitlyn: My favourite social media account to follow is @elephantjournal. I love art, writing, and inspiration, and this account is very bountiful .

Q. Who or what is your biggest motivation?
Kaitlyn: My past and my future are my biggest motivations. My past, because I can look back and always know what I can do better should I get another opportunity. I always want to be better than the day/event before. My future, because I have a vision for where I want to go (in skating, and in life) and I am inspired to make it happen!

Andrew Poje

Q. What’s your go to song to get pumped up for training or a competition?
Andrew: I love listening to Black Betty by Ram Jam as part of my warmup routine.

Q. Who is someone in the sports world, past or present, you’d love to have dinner with and why?
Andrew: I would love to have a dinner with Muhammad Ali. I would love to learn his stories from his journey as an athlete, symbol and icon. To try to understand from his perspective of what it takes to succeed and what he defines as his success.

Q. What is the best advice that you were given?
Andrew: I learned part way thorough my career that it is important to try to make only little accomplishments every day. Those little successes will build into something that will be undeniable in the end.

Q. What’s your favourite social media account to follow?
Andrew: I don’t follow a lot on social media, but I do enjoy when @therock posts. Seems to always have funny or positivity in everything.

Q. Who or what is your biggest motivation?
Andrew: My biggest motivation is my family. They are the reason I have made it as far as I have. They support me in my endeavours and pursuits of joy.

Athlete Spotlight: Roman Sadovksy

Roman Sadovksy

Q: What’s your go to song to get pumped up for training and competition?
Roman: Lose Yourself by Eminem

Q: Who is someone in the sports world, past or present, you’d love to have dinner with and why?
Roman: Ulrich Salchow because he invented my favourite jump and I need to thank him.

Q: What is the best advice that you were given?
Roman: JUST DO IT!!!

Q: What is your favourite place in the world and why?
Roman: Home. Despite living there, I barely spend any time at home, and it’s the best place to chill out.

Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Roman: CanSkaters walking with skates on concrete without guards.

Athlete Spotlight: Evelyn Walsh/Trennt Michaud

Evelyn Walsh

Q: What’s your favourite social media account to follow?
Evelyn: @theellenshow on Instagram as she is always posting funny memes or jokes which helps me keep a lightness to my perspective on life.

Q: Who is your celebrity crush?
Evelyn: Sam Smith, of course.

Q: If you weren’t a figure skater, what sport would you do?
Evelyn: I would most likely be a hockey player as the reason I went into CanSkate was to improve my skating skills and then I guess it snowballed from there.

Q: What is your pet peeve?
Evelyn: When Trennt clicks his heels together doing lift class; despite knowing it “annoys me”, it adds comic relief to the day.

Q: What fictional character would you like to meet in real life and why?
Evelyn: I would love to meet Tracy Turnblad from the movie Hairspray. She is very much an outcast in the movie but has such a positive and fun energy despite her differences which is infectious to everyone around her.

Trennt Michaud

Q: What’s your favourite place in the world and why?
Trennt: Oberstdorf, Germany. It’s part of the German Alps, its beautiful, charming, something like a fairy tale, and there’s awesome cows who walk through the streets every day

Q: What’s your favourite emoji?
Trennt:

Q: Who is your celebrity crush?
Trennt: Emma Watson. Ryan Reynolds if I could be him.

Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Trennt: People using their finger as a knife to scoop food up.

Q: What song would be the theme song for your life?
Trennt: I’m Still a Guy by Brad Paisley

Athlete Spotlight: Nam Nguyen

Nam Nguyen

Q: Who or what is your biggest motivation?
Nam: The feeling of satisfaction after completing something for myself.

Q: Who is your celebrity crush?
Nam: Anna Kendrick

Q: What would you like people to remember about you?
Nam: I touched Drake’s hand.

Q: What’s your pet peeve?
Nam: When drivers drive too slow in the left lane, which is meant for passing other cars.

Q: What fictional character would you like to meet in real life and why?
Nam: Harry Potter. I want him to teach me how to defeat a basilisk.