Bonhomme and Pelletier win Battle of the Blades
Hockey player Tessa Bonhomme and figure skater David Pelletier glided to victory Monday night, becoming this year's Battle of the Blades winners.
Bonhomme, the first female hockey player to take part in the reality television competition, was a member of Canada's gold medal-winning women's hockey team at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
"This has been such a ride for me," Bonhomme said after her victory Monday night. "I had the time of my life, and I would do this 20 times over."
Pelletier is a three-time Canadian Champion and a 2001 World pairs champion and an Olympic gold medallist.
He thanked Bonhomme for joining the competition and trusting him as a partner on the show, which pairs hockey players and figure skaters.
"I know that being put up there is not an easy task," he said.
Pelletier, who has previously served as a coach and choreographer on the program, also thanked all the hockey players who took part in the show over the past three seasons.
"I grew up watching these guys playing hockey and I idolized them," Pelletier said.
"And now they took on the sport of figure skating, a sport I grew up learning how to love and respect. They did it. They respect it, they took it seriously, they had fun with it.
The two Olympic gold medallists nabbed a $100,000 prize, to be divided between their selected charities.
Their prize money will be divided between the CIBC Run for the Cure in Sudbury and Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta.
"My grandma is a breast cancer survivor," Bonhomme said of her connection to the Sudbury chapter of Run for the Cure .
"The chances of her surviving were slim to none. And she pulled through and she's been a really large part of my life since I was a young girl. To watch her go through something like that and to fight day-to-day to stick around [to] enjoy her family and friends more was something quite inspiring."
The pairs did their last performance Sunday night and the decision on the final winner was made by Canadian viewers.
Bryan Berard and Marie-France Dubreuil came in second, while Boyd Devereaux and Tanith Belbin came in third.
With files from The Canadian Press