Battle of the Blades announces winners

From a media release:



CBC’s BATTLE OF THE BLADES’ first female hockey player, Tessa Bonhomme and David Pelletier, one of the best pair skaters in history, have skated into the hearts of Canadians with their powerful, gravity-defying performances featuring a variety of amazing tricks. These two Olympic Gold Medalists have been crowned as the champions of BATTLE OF THE BLADES Season 3 and they have won the $100,000 first place prize donation that will be divided between their chosen charities – the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure (Sudbury Run Site) and Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta.

As a fierce hockey player who put on figure skates for the first time at BATTLE OF THE BLADES’ bootcamp in July 2011, Tessa has transformed herself into a graceful figure skater who has impressed judges with her technical ability and aesthetic presentation.

“I expected you to be good, but I did not expect that level of performance,” Head Judge Sandra Bezic commented on Tessa’s figure skating skills in the first week of live performances. “What this is about is the courage to put yourself in a vulnerable place and that is inspirational.”

Tessa Bonhomme was part of Canada’s Gold Medal-winning women’s hockey team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and has been a member of the Canadian National Women’s Hockey Team since 2004. She has been skating with David Pelletier, a three-time Canadian Pairs Champion, World Champion, Grand-Prix Final Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist, who in 2002, captured Canada’s first Olympic Gold medal in pairs skating in 42 years.

Marie-France Dubreuil and Bryan Berard have claimed the second place prize of $35,000 donation to Do It For Daron with the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health. Returning from Season 1, five-time Canadian Ice Dance Champion Marie-France has been skating with Bryan, who played for six NHL teams including the Toronto Maple Leafs and battled back from a severe eye injury in one of the greatest comeback stories in hockey history.

Five-time U.S. Ice Dance Champion, four-time World Medalist and 2006 Olympic Ice Dance Silver Medalist Tanith Belbin has been paired with former Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers player Boyd Devereaux, an Ontario native, who won the Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2002. They have claimed the third place prize of $30,000 that will be divided between the Montreal Neurological Institute and Epilepsy Huron-Perth-Bruce.

Over the course of the third season of CBC’s BATTLE OF THE BLADES, the program has donated $290,000 to various Canadian charities, resulting in nearly $1,000,000 in charitable donations since the start of the series in 2009.