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VIDEO: Season 4's Skaters Prepare For 'Battle'

Battle of the Blades Season 4 doesn't launch until Sunday, Sept. 22 -- and you'll have to wait 'til tomorrow to even learn which NHL-ers will be "twizzling" with whom. But this year's competitors have been training in secret for weeks.

CBC Live visited the stars at the rink, and though we're sworn to secrecy about the Season 4 pairings, the cast shared their hopes and anxieties and game-winning strategies as they prepare for Battle

Scott Thornton, for instance, told us lacing up a pair of figure skates was enough to cast fear -- or at least stage fright -- into his heart. But as long-time Battle fans have seen, the cast never shies from the competition. As skater Mike Krushelnyski puts it, "every athlete wants to win," and that includes first-time figure skaters.

Watch what happened when CBC Live visited a Battle of the Blades practice:


Battle of the Blades returns to CBC Sunday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) with the two-hour highlight special Battle of the Blades: Made in Canada. The premiere performance show airs Sunday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT).

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