Newspaper article The Canadian Press

FIG-Stranded-Skaters

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

FIG-Stranded-Skaters

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SAINT JOHN, N.B. - Some of Canada's top figure skaters were stranded in New Brunswick by a major storm this week, scrambling to find a way home and suffering some less-than-graceful routines on the ice- and rain-covered streets of Saint John.

Debbi Wilkes, the 1964 Olympic silver medallist in pairs, said the streets were like a luge run at the Olympics.

Many flights were cancelled, and skating stars and officials packed hotel bars and restaurants to commiserate.

Wilkes was with former singles skater Ted Barton when they left Harbour Station, which hosted the skating championship, on Sunday night but had to abandon their vehicle at a gas station when conditions became too difficult.

She said they tried to walk part of the way, but both found themselves falling on the ice and rolling around in the water. …

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