Friday October 4th, 2019
Last night (Thursday October 3rd, 2019) was the 2nd elimination of the CBC series Battle Of The Blades Season 5 https://www.cbc.ca/television/battleoftheblades . Battle Of The Blades combines athletes from two of Canada’s favourite sports, figure skating and hockey as they pair up in a live, high-stakes figure skating competition for the charity of their choice. The Hockey Players participating are Amanda Kessel, Brian McGrattan, Bruno Gervais, Colton Orr. P.J Stock, Natalie Spooner & Shelden Kennedy. The Ice Skaters are Amanda Evora, Andrew Poje, Ekaterina Gordeeva, Eric Radford, Kaitlyn Weaver, Vanessa James and Violetta Afanasieva (Eric Radford & Amanda Kessel are no longer in the competition). Hockey Night In Canada’s Ron MacLean returned as host and four-time Canadian and four-time World champion figure skater Kurt Browning was also back as head judge. Also on the guest judging pane this week were former NHL player Colby Armstrong and two-time World ice dance silver medallist Marie-France Dubreuil . The competition was fierce and entertaining but there has to be an elimination and it was Six-time French pairs champion, 2018 Grand Prix Final champion and 2019 European champion Vanessa James https://twitter.com/vanessajamessk8?lang=en and her partner, NHL veteran Brian McGrattan https://twitter.com/bigern10?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor . Rudy Blair Entertainment Media rudyblairmedia.com was on location at Toronto’s CBC building to speak wth Vanessa James & Brian McGrattan about taking part in the completion, their charities Alzheimer Society of Canada https://alzheimer.ca/en/Home and Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society https://aarcs.ca , who they think will eventually win Battle of the Blades and how they performed so well despite their height difference.
(CBC Gem Battle of the Blades Episode 3 https://gem.cbc.ca/media/battle-of-the-blades/season-5/episode-3/38e815a-011bfdb4e8f )