Olympic Games gold and silver medal-winning ice hockey player Amanda Kessel and her partner, two-time World pairs champion and three-time Olympic Games medallist Eric Radford, were the first pair to be iced on tonight’s episode of the hit live competition series BATTLE OF THE BLADES.
Kessel and Radford came into the show in the bottom two, alongside Olympian in pairs skating and Season 4 winner Amanda Evora and her partner, former Toronto Maple Leaf Colton Orr. The two teams were ranked lowest of the six competing pairs ,(note: Violetta Afanasieva and her partner P.J. Stock were given a bye during the first week due to the forced departure of Afanasieva’s original partner Colby Armstrong following an injury suffered in training)..
At the end of an intense skate-off in tonight’s episode celebrating the ‘decades,’ the judges gave Kessel and Radford a lower score, sending them off the ice and home.
Evora and Orr will continue in the competition next Thursday, October 3
Kessel was competing on behalf of SickKids Foundation, in support of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, while Radford was competing in support of Egale Canada, which works to improve the lives of all LGBTQI2S people.
The remaining pairs are:
Violetta Afanasieva and P.J. Stock
Amanda Evora and Colton Orr
Ekaterina Gordeeva and Bruno Gervais
Vanessa James and Brian McGrattan
Natalie Spooner and Andrew Poje
Kaitlyn Weaver and Sheldon Kennedy