Canadians are so crazy about hockey that they'll even watch retired players figure skate on TV.
Not only that - they bet on it. (DWTS Odds available at Sports Interaction)
Nov. 18, 2010
The Battle of the Blades enters the last week of competition with three pairs left getting ready for the most important routines of the competition. The last pairs standing are Shae-Lynn Bourne and Patrice Brisebois, Isabelle Brasseur and Todd Warriner, and Ekaterina "Katia" Gordeeva and Valeri Bure.
The "Rider Pride" skaters Kyoko Ina and Kelly Chase were shown the door in week 7 and even though they skated to an up-tempo routine, after what the judges had said in week 6, it was not enough to keep them on the ice. In week 7 Valeri Bure, who is the long-shot at to win the event, fell to his knees during his routine and judge Jeremy Roenick stated afterward, "That was the first time I've ever seen any kind of chink in your armor."
In week 6 Jamie SalŽ and Theo Fleury were the pair that was axed and is was no surprise with their many errors and a fall while skating to Stayin' Alive from Saturday Night Fever. The other pair that was in the bottom two of Isabelle Brasseur and Todd Warriner were unanimously voted by the judges to stay on board.
Four-time world figure skating champion and British Olympic gold medalist Christopher Dean will join the judges' panel for the finale. Dean and partner Jayne Torvill are considered the best ice dancers in the history of figure skating. He will join regular judges Jeremy Roenick and Sandra Bezic and they will comment on the performances, but only Canada will make the final decision on who will win the Battle of the Blades competition.
The final battle on Sunday is called "Skater's Choice" and like the name says the skaters will pick the music as well as the routine. The second is the pair's favorite performance of the season and one that is picked will show the style that best represents them.
The final show will definitely be a spectacle, as before the heated competitions begin there will be several special performances.
Here are the odds at to win the Battle of the Blades as of November 18th.
Patrice Brisebois +140
Todd Warriner +175
Valeri Bure +250
Oct. 30, 2010
The Battle of the Blades is down to five contestants left standing, or skating rather, but they will be joined by one more in the "Second-Chance Sunday," where the four eliminated pairs have been invited back to compete in a bid to rejoin the show. One of the eliminated celebs will be Olympic figure skater Anabelle Langlois, who recently had a tumble in a practice that landed her in the hospital.
She is fine though and skating partner Georges Laraque stated, "She's just a little bruised,” and "She had three stitches on her knee, but she wants to skate.”
The eliminated pairs of Christine "Tuffy" Hough-Sweeney and Russ Courtnall, Anabelle Langlois and Georges Laraque, Violetta Afanasieva and P.J. Stock, and Shae-Lynn Bourne and Patrice Brisebois will all battle it out on Sunday and it is no surprise that the theme is Halloween.
One of the axed couples will get a treat and the other three tricks, as the two pairs that get the highest judges scores and most votes for the audience will advance to the show on Monday where they will have a skate-off for the chance to rejoin the Battle of the Blades.
It it’s only fitting that in the Second Chance Sunday that the duos will be performing to horror themed programs in front of guest judge “Cujo”, which is the nickname of legendary NHL goalie Curtis Joseph. He and fellow regular judge Jeremy Roenick used to battle it out in the rink in the NHL and now will be the guys who has a say to which pair will be rejoining the ice.
The top four skating pairs of Kyoko Ina and Kelly Chase, Jamie Salé and Theo Fleury, Isabelle Brasseur and Todd Warriner, and Ekaterina "Katia" Gordeeva and Valeri Bure will not be taking to the ice in week 5.
Here are the odds at Sports Interaction to win Battle of the Blades as of October 30th.
Theo Fleury +225
Todd Warriner +500
Valeri Bure +500
Patrice Brisebois +750
Kelly Chase +900
Oct 19, 2010
Battle of the Blades odds continue to shift after the recent eliminations. Former superstar Theo Fleury owns the best odds of winning the competition at +350 at Sports Interaction this week.
Former Maple Leaf speedster Todd Warriner and longtime Montreal blueliner Patrice Brisebois are next at +400 and +450 respectively.
Renowned scrapper Georges Laraque is +500, even after suffering a nasty gash in practice. His partner's skate clipped his forehead. It wasn't the first time he had cuts on his face.
It's also a great opportunity to see hot figure skakting ladies in skimpy garments.
Former St. Louis tough guy Kelly Chase remains in the competition along with CBC analyst PJ Stock, himself a known pugilist.
And Valeri Bure is also in the mix at +600, while Russ Courtnall was the first voted off.
The show airs on CBC on Sundays and Mondays.
Latest Battle of the Blades odds courtesy of Sports Interaction:
Theo Fleury +350
Todd Warriner +400
Patrice Brisebois +450
Kelly Chase +500
Georges Laraque +500
Valeri Bure +600
PJ Stock +700