Next week, the 2014 Figure Skating World Championships take place in Saitama, Japan, and CBC will have full coverage. To mark the occasion, on Monday we'll have Canada's favourite ice dancing pair, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who picked up a pair of silver medals at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, in the red chairs, as well as figure skating legend Elvis Stojko. To get you set for tomorrow's interviews, we thought we'd share five gloriously cheesy movies that celebrate all that's great about the sport of figure skating.
Here's the plot (seriously): a hockey player, Matt, dies during a game and comes back to life as a figure skater named Sara Bryan, who was in a coma that was caused by the same angel that caused Matt's death. Got that so far? Well, Matt's dream was to win a gold Olympic medal on ice, so he starts taking figure skating lessons (he's in Sara's body now) to get to the Games. Oh, and who does he take lessons from? Tara Lipinski. Other notable skating cameos include Nancy Kerrigan and Elvis Stojko as a hockey player.
Blades of Glory
This 2007 comedy stars Will Ferrell and Jon Heder as figure skating rivals. After a fight on the podium, they both get banned from mens' singles competition. A few years later, they reunite to qualify for the World Winter Sport Games — in the pairs competition. Together.
But don't take our word for this movie. Take Patrick Chan's:
Cutting Edge (and Cutting Edge 2 and Cutting Edge 3 and Cutting Edge 4)
The Cutting Edge is the story of a spoiled figure skater and a washed-up hockey player who are paired together to train for the Albertville Olympics (they've already met, of course, after running into each other at the Calgary Games two years earlier). They're an odd couple, for sure, but they make it work.
This 1978 classic stars Lynn-Holly Johnson and Robby Benson as Lexie Winston and Nick Peterson, figure skating high school sweethearts who compete for gold — after Lexie loses her sight in a freak skating accident. It was remade in 2010, but the original is the far better version.
Blades of Courage
This made-for-TV movie originally aired on CBC in 1987. It's about a young figure skater from Peterborough, Ontario named Lori Laroche and her heroic quest to win the 1987 Canadian championships. A young Colm Feore plays the coach of Laroche's rival, Tara Lynn. And the film won the 1988 Gemini Award for Best TV Movie.
And don't forget to tune in on Monday, March 24 at 7 and 11:30 p.m. to catch George's interview with Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and Elvis Stojko.