It\'s no contest ...

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 6:37 AM ET

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It\'s definitely a distraction, skating blocks from the White House with fears of reprisals to the war in Iraq looming large.

But it\'s no contest with the Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games, says Canada\'s Shae-Lynn Bourne.

\"It doesn\'t feel as intense as Salt Lake,\'\' said Bourne, who, along with Victor Kraatz, represents Canada\'s best bet for a medal at the World Figure Skating Championships which open here today.

\"The security doesn\'t seem any different than any other Worlds. It isn\'t anything like the Olympics. We\'re not in a village. We\'re in a hotel and we can walk to the rink.

\"The skating world is a bit of a bubble at the best of times. But we\'re glad it wasn\'t cancelled.

\"We feel great. This is the best we\'ve felt coming into a competition. We\'re coming here to skate and skate great and try to ignore everying else.\'\'


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