Hot on the heels of the appearance of one Canadian Olympic medal-winning figure skater in Fort Frances comes word another will be here this fall.
The Border Skating Club agreed Wednesday to bring 1988 Olympic silver-medalist Elizabeth Manley to the Ice For Kids Arena to lead an instructional seminar.
Plans also are in the works to possibly have Manley return next spring to be the emcee and/or guest performer at the club’s annual ice show.
This year’s show, held over the weekend, featured 2014 Olympic silver-medalist Kaetlyn Osmond.
“The Border Skating Club is absolutely thrilled to have Elizabeth Manley grace the ice in the fall,” said club public relations director Amy Wilson-Hands.
“To have someone like Elizabeth bring her knowledge to our skaters is just amazing. It is surreal.
“We were so lucky to have Kaetlyn Osmond and now Elizabeth Manley,” added Wilson-Hands.
“I am speechless.”
Manley, who turns 50 in August, won the hearts of Canadians everywhere with her performance at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary in the ladies’ singles event.
She finished behind only East Germany’s Katarina Witt despite a spectacular long program that widely was considered to have outshone Witt’s effort.
After Manley found out she won silver, the current Ottawa resident was boosted on the shoulders of her teammates to wave to the crowd while wearing a white cowboy hat.
Manley went on to also win silver at the world championships that year.
Dates and details of the fall seminar still were being finalized as of press time.