With less than 18 months to go before the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, members of the Skate Canada Senior National Team trained on the Olympic ice surface this past week. The camp, which ran from September 10-13 in Vancouver, B.C. at the Pacific Coliseum, was a joint effort between Skate Canada and Own the Podium’s Home Field Advantage Program.
Twenty-one members of Skate Canada’s National Team who will compete on the upcoming Grand Prix Series attended the camp, which gave them a competitive simulation in the 2010 Winter Olympic venue. They were joined by newly-retired World Champion Jeffrey Buttle.
It was another step in preparing athletes for the next two competitive seasons, and also building the notable team spirit that exists among Canadian skaters. Many of the team members had not seen each other since the last camp that was held in June in Toronto, Ont. The team and Skate Canada executives attended a reception Wednesday evening hosted by new sponsor T-fal. T-fal is the designated official cookware and small appliance partner of Skate Canada events and the Skate Canada National Team.