Canada’s Best Figure Skaters are in Moncton This Weekend

I’m not a big figure skating fan, but anytime that New Brunswick hosts a sports event as big as the Canadian Figure Skating Championship, it is great for the province. This is just the latest major event Moncton has hosted in the past few years. Moncton was also the host city for the 2009 World Men’s Figure Skating Championships and 2010 World Junior Athletics Championships.

CTV and TSN will broadcast the Canadian Nationals on TV. Here is their press release with full details.

Canada’s top figure skaters are set to go toe-pick to toe-pick this week in Moncton, NB when they compete for national honours at the 2012 CANADIAN FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS, Jan. 20-22, live on CTV and TSN.

Coverage begins with the Women’s and Pair Event Short Programs on Friday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. ET, followed by the Ice Dance Short Dance at 7 p.m. ET on TSN (see complete broadcast schedule below).

Brian Williams hosts CTV and TSN’s exclusive coverage of the 2012 CANADIAN FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS from the Moncton Coliseum Complex. Williams is joined on-site by commentator Rod Black, analyst Tracy Wilson, and rinkside reporter Sara Orlesky, who will also be backstage as the skaters leave the ice.

The marquee national championship event boasts the biggest and brightest stars in Canadian figure skating as they look to secure a spot on the Skate Canada National Team and the Canadian teams competing at the 2012 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2012, and the 2012 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

The field of skaters at the 2012 CANADIAN FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS includes:

  • Patrick Chan (Toronto) – reigning World Champion and ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final gold medallist; the Lou Marsh Award winner looks to defend his Canadian title for the fifth straight year
  • Tessa Virtue (London, ON) and Scott Moir (Ilderton, ON) – ice dance gold medallists at the 2011 SKATE CANADA INTERNATIONAL event; they are seeking their fourth Canadian title after missing last year’s CANADIAN FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS due to injury
  • Cynthia Phaneuf (Contrecoeur, QC) – she returns to this year’s event as the defending women’s champion
  • Kirsten Moore-Towers (St. Catharines, ON) and Dylan Moscovitch (Waterloo, ON) – the pair team looks to defend their Canadian title in Moncton
  • Andrei Rogozine (Richmond Hill, ON) – the 2011 Junior World Champion moves up to the senior ranks at this year’s CANADIAN FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Continue after the break for the complete broadcast schedule.

Friday 1/20, 2pm-5pm ET – Ladies’ Short Program & Pairs Short Program – TSN
Friday 1/20, 7pm-10pm ET – Dance Short Program – TSN
Saturday 1/21, 2pm-4pm ET – Men’s Short Program – TSN
Saturday 1/21, 4pm-6pm ET – Men’s Short Program & Ladies’ Free Skate – CTV
Saturday 1/21, 7pm-9pm ET – Free Dance & Pairs Free Skate – CTV
Sunday 1/22, 3:30pm-6pm ET – Men’s Free Skate – TSN
Saturday 1/28, 8:30pm ET – Exhibition Gala – TSN

The Canadian Figure Skating Championships will qualify skaters for the Four Continents Championship and World Figure Skating Championships, both of which will take place later this season and air on CBC.

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