It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Meagan and Eric's triple twist! The competition couldn't have been any more exciting if it tried at the 2014 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in Ottawa, Ontario. Just as the U.S. Championships celebrated 100 years, so did Skate Canada's national figure skating competition. I mean skating - NOT figure skating - new Skate Canada CEO Dan Thompson said "it's just a way of creating a more focused consistent brand message for Skate Canada as the governing body and as a Skate Canada event," in a recent statement to the Associated Press). Something something marketing something something 'brand'. At any rate, what happened on the ice was what the national competition that played a major role in selecting Canada's Sochi team is what really mattered. The event became a community affair, with free skating lessons being held in conjunction with a 15 minute outdoor event called "Canada Skates! 100 Years Of Champions" set up at Ottawa's city hall that featured some of Canada's best skating to choreography by Olympic Medallist and World Champion Jeffrey Buttle. I spoke to Canadian Silver Medallist and Stars On Ice cast member Shawn Sawyer on Friday, who told me he was "very excited about this first day of competition! Meanwhile I am performing in a small outdoor production at City Hall. We will be doing it four times a day for today and tomorrow and then will be the opening act for the skating gala on Sunday!" The competition itself was full of highs and lows for the hundreds of ridiculously talented skaters involved. Here are a few brief thoughts from yours truly on how it all played out:
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