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RYAN PYETTE, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

2010 BMO CANADIAN FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS

MERCER ON ICE

The Mercer Report is comical TV.

Seeing Rick Mercer take a couple of spins with one of the world’s top synchronized skating teams? Priceless. The funnyman hit the ice with Nexxice — a Burlington and Kitchener-based skating team with some London flavour — at the Rotary rink outside of the Covent Garden Market Sunday morning. The skit was taped for an upcoming show.

BROWNING AT HIS BEST

Only in figure skating could the movies “Wedding Crashers” and “Blades of Glory” pair up.

Saturday night at the London Delta hotel, a couple of entertainers dressed as the Will Ferrell and Jon Heder characters from the 2007 figure skating movie “Blades of Glory” arrived in the lobby.

Kurt Browning bounced in and started chatting them up. It didn’t take long for him to join them, Shae-Lynn Bourne and a group of others involved in the BMO 2010 Canadian figure skating championships in gate-crashing the downtown wedding.

Classic Kurt.

TICKET COUNT

There’s a reason London remains on Skate Canada’s radar. The Canadian figure skating championships saw 24,000 fans — 90 % of capacity pass through the turnstiles this week. The John Labatt Centre houses 9,090 for hockey was scaled back to 6,300 for skating and grossed $700,000 for Skate Canada.

QUOTABLE

“I’ve been around this sport for a long time and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team with the overall strength of this one.”

— Skate Canada CEO William Thompson on the Canadian squad heading to the Olympics

NUMBERS

— Four. The number of champions who defended their national titles this week. It was a carbon copy of Saskatoon in 2009 and it’s the first time the full repeat has happened since 2005-06 at London and Ottawa. Back then, it was Jeffrey Buttle (men); Joannie Rochette (women); Craig Buntin-Valerie Marcoux (pairs); Marie-France Dubreuil-Patrice Lauzon (ice dance). This time, it’s Patrick Chan (men); Joannie Rochette (women); Bryce-Davison-Jessica Dube (pairs); Scott Moir-Tessa Virtue (ice dance).

NUMBERS, PART DEUX

Zero — The number of previous Olympic medals won by the skaters on Canada’s 2010 team heading to Vancouver.

TV TIMES

(CBC Main network)

Sun., Jan. 31: 2:30 p.m. Gala exhibition

— Compiled by Ryan Pyette


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