It’s all fun and games until a figure skater gets a sequin in the eye then it’s all salchow jump kicks and people screaming “Why??” as bodies and gold lamé go flying.
Police were called to a Mississauga, Ontario hotel after a brawl broke out among figure skaters who just finished competing in the Canadian national championships.
The melee began as a celebration, says Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada’s director of high performance. The skaters involved, around 18 to 22 years old, had just finished an intense week of skating (the men’s, ladies and pairs figure skating wrapped up Saturday; ice dancers finished Sunday).
“As with many competitions, the skaters let off some steam on the last night. And it seems some of them maybe were letting off a bit too much steam,” he said. “We are looking into the situation because it’s not acceptable, when they come to an event, to have something escalate to a point where the hotel has to get extra assistance.”
The only injury reported was a cut cheek and the skaters were sent to their rooms by the police after a stern lecture and hotel security judged each skater on their fight performance.