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Olympic and World Gold Medalists – Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir

Tessa Virtue and Scott MoirTessa and Scott caught the World’s attention in 2006 when they became the first Canadian Ice Dancers to win the Junior World Championships. Since then, the pair has consistently placed among the top of the pack at International competitions.

Olympic Ice Dance Gold Medalists, Tessa and Scott made history by becoming the first Canadian couple to win the Olympic Dance title with their unforgettable performance at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.

They are six-time Canadian National Champions, winning in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014. At the 2009 Skate Canada, the pair received the first 10.0 awarded in dance in international competition. They are also the World Figure Skating Champions of 2010 and 2012 and two-time Olympic Silver Medalists at the 2014 Games in Sochi.

They have skated together since 1997, and are known for their intricate footwork and innovative lifts. As one of the most talented, entertaining and beloved pair of ice performers, they have won the hearts of Canadians and many around the world.

4-Time World Champion – Kurt Browning

Kurt BrowningA true figure skating icon, Kurt has electrified fans around the globe and is a Guinness World Record holder as the first person to successfully land a quadruple jump in international competition, a feat he accomplished at the World Championships in 1988.

He is a four-time Canadian Champion and four-time World Champion. As a professional, Kurt won consecutive World Professional and Canadian Professional Championships in 1995, 1996 and 1997.

In 1990, Kurt was the recipient of the Lou Marsh Trophy for Top Canadian Athlete. He was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and Skate Canada Hall of Fame in 2000. In 2001, he was honoured with a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame and in 2006, he was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Kurt is also a distinguished member of the Order of Canada.

Kurt is a two-time recipient of the Lionel Conacher Award, given to Canada’s male athlete of the year. Also adorning his trophy case is the Gustav Lussi Award from the Professional Skaters’ Association, and the American Skating World’s Skater of the Year Award.

Kurt has been a frequent commentator for CBC coverage of major skating events such as the World Championships and the Olympic Games. Kurt currently resides in Toronto with his wife Sonia Rodriguez, a principal dancer with The National Ballet of Canada, and their two sons Gabriel and Dillon.

2-Time Olympic Medalist – Nancy Kerrigan

Nancy Kerrigan has been one of America’s most recognizable sports icons for over 20 years.

Kerrigan’s rise to competing at a national level began when she placed 3rd at the 1992 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, qualifying for the 1991 World Figure Skating Championships, where she won the bronze medal.

In 1992, she received a bronze medal in the 1992 Winter Olympics and the silver medal at the 1992 World Championships, later on becoming the United States Champion. Nancy also went on to win the silver medal at the 1993 Lillehammer Winter Olympics.

In addition to her work on the ice, the two time Olympic medalist has regularly appeared on television and movies as an actor (Boy Meets World, Blades of Glory, Saturday Night Live) or commentator (Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Lifetime Network, Fox Sports), and is well known for being instrumental in the creation of Halloween on Ice.

She has been a product endorser (Revlon, Reebok, Seiko, Campbell’s Soup, Old Navy), author (Artistry on Ice) and motivational speaker. The Nancy Kerrigan Foundation has raised significant funds for the vision impaired and she has been recognized for her excellence on and off the ice (US Figure Skating Hall of Fame, Mother’s Day Foundation Mother of the Year, New England Sports Hall of Fame).

Nancy carries her experience and wealth of knowledge through to the Skate Niagara Ice Show as performer and Creative Director/Choreographer.

2015 World Champion – Javier Fernandez

Javier FernandezEuropean figure skating champion Javier Fernandez is the first Spanish man to ever win a World Figure Skating Championship.

As the 2015 World Champion, Fernandez has won the bronze medal at the World Figure Skating Championships twice, and is a three-time European Champion.

Fernandez, who also finished fourth at the Sochi Olympic Games, is the 2014 Grand Prix Final silver medalist and the 2011 Grand Prix Final bronze medalist.

Javier is the first man to represent Spain in figure skating at the Olympic Winter Games since 1956.

Olympic Silver Medalist – Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro

Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael MarinaroKirsten is a St. Catharines native pair skater. Ranked fourth in the World, Kirsten was a strong force on Canada’s Olympic Silver Medal winning team at the recent Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

She is the 2013 Four Continents silver medalist, 2014 Olympic team silver medalist, and 2011 Canadian National Champion. Kirsten helped Canada win silver at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi and at the 2014 Canadian Figure Skating Championships.

In June of 2014, Kirsten teamed up with Michael-born in Sarnia- and created a team with a strong work ethic and natural athletic talent, whose energy is highly contagious.

The pair earned their spot on the national team at the 2015 Canadian championships and placed sixth at the 2015 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.

This is the second skating season as a pair for Kirsten and Michael, who hope to continue to climb the National and World ranks.

Canadian Senior and Junior Champion  – Nam Nguyen

Nam NguyenA first time Canadian champion at the 2015 nationals, Nam has worked his whole life to make an impact at the senior level. The 2014 Junior World Champion placed fifth at the world championships and now brings a new maturity to his debut on the senior scene.

In addition to his junior championship and 2015 Canadian championship, Nguyen has also won three Canadian national men’s titles from 2007-2009, becoming the youngest skater to win Juvenile, Pre-Novice and Novice.

In 2010, Nam took home the junior level bronze medal at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships and performed at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Figure Skating Gala. The following year, Nam went on to become the youngest skater to win the junior men’s title at the 2011 Canadian Championships.

This 2014 Skate American bronze medalist has an infectious smile, inspiring energy and enthusiasm, and just keeps getting better.

2-Time Canadian Champion – Kaetlyn Osmond

Kaetlyn OsmondKaetlyn Osmond is a two-time Canadian Champion, winning the national title in 2013 and 2014.  The 19 year old was born in Marystown, Newfoundland and has lived in Sherwood Park, Alberta since she was 10 years old where she trains under Coach Ravi Walia at the Ice Palace Figure Skating Club based at the West Edmonton Mall.

Kaetlyn’s is a member of Skate Canada’s National Team and her hard work and dedication paid off when she represented Canada at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. This year she is representing Canada at several international competitions.

World Champion – Jeffery Buttle

Jeffery ButtleJeffrey Buttle burst onto the international scene in 2002 when he upset the favorites to win the ISU Four Continents Championships, a feat he repeated in 2004.

He placed eighth in his Worlds debut, receiving great praise for his musicality and artistry. In 2005, he earned his first World Championships medal and in 2006 he was the leading skater on the Canadian Winter Olympic team, winning the bronze medal. World Championships gold was his in 2008 (the first Canadian man to win the title in 11 years), when two strong performances placed him on the top step of the podium.

3-time US National Champion & Olympic Bronze Medalist – Ashley Wagner

Ashley WagnerAshley Wagner is the first women’s singles skater to win three U.S. national titles since Michelle Kwan tin 1999. At the 2015 Championships, she won both the short program and free skate to set a new U.S. record. 

She was named to the U.S. team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, due to her strong international record, and won bronze in the team competition.

Unlike most skaters, Wagner spins and jumps clockwise.  Wagner has executed multiple triple-triple jump combinations in competition, including the triple flip-triple toe loop and the triple Lutz-triple toe loop. Her signature elements include a Charlotte spiral and a bent-leg layover camel spin with both arms outstretched above her head.

International Ice Dance Medalists – Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier

Piper and PaulPiper and Paul have been skating together since 2011 and have earned multiple international medals, including a silver medal at the 2014 ISU Four Continents championships and have been on the Canadian World team for the last three years.

The three-time Canadian medalists inject their programs with a high level of artistry, seen through creative lifts and extraordinary performance ability. 

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