Canadian figure skating greats rock the house as the Thank You Canada Tour rolls through Lethbridge

By Aaron Mahoney (@Mahones93 on Twitter)
October 17, 2018 - 8:36pm

LETHBRIDGE – Some of the greatest figure skaters to ever suit up for Team Canada at the Olympics graced the ice at the ENMAX Centre on Wednesday, Oct. 17, as part of the Thank You Canada Tour.

A decorated list of accomplishments including national championships, world championships, and Olympic medals are a common theme for all the 2018 tour cast.

The headliners need no introduction, as Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are about as well known across the country for their feats in figure skating as the great Elvis Stojko. Oh, that’s right, Stojko was also in attendance and received one of the loudest ovations of the night during his performance. 

Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond, the pair of Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, as well as the pair of Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, were also in Lethbridge for the show. 

The skaters performed a handful of numbers either on their own or in pairs and performed a special act all together where they thanked the crowd on hand for all of their support over the years.

No interviews were allowed before or after, the show must go on after all, but Virtue and Moir did provide a statement about the tour on the TYCT website.

"When we tackle a project, we want to be all in. That level of investment is critical for us, and we know it's when we produce our best work. Putting together a skating show that feels fresh, vibrant, and different is an incredible challenge we are fully embracing, and we're committed to ensuring audiences get a spectacular show.”  

Eric Radford also spoke on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at a separate event about what this tour is all about.

“We try to bring skating entertainment to a whole new level. There are some new acts in the show that I’ve never done before in the skating show and the audience response has been incredible. It’s probably one of the most fun skating shows I’ve ever been able to perform in, from the choreography to the music to the audience involvement.”

And that audience involvement was in full force in Lethbridge, with standing ovations after performances being the norm and not the exception. 

Now the athletes hit the road, as they’ll be performing in Red Deer on Thursday night. 

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