Canton's Arctic Edge celebrates the Olympic success of its skaters during watch party

Canton, Michigan (WXYZ) - We have an Olympic Spoiler alert for anyone planning to watch the taped version of the ice dancing competition Monday night.

Did you know that 13 of the top 20 ice dancing teams trained here in Metro-Detroit?

Our area is a destination for those with Olympic dreams. The best skaters in the world have developed their skills at the Detroit Skating Club, the Novi Ice Arena, or Arctic Edge in Canton.

Arctic Edge hosted a viewing party Monday as some of their members took to the ice in Sochi.

A crowd of young skaters cheered on the people who they see as not only role models, but club mates.  Canadian Olympic Team Skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir plus U.S. Olympic Team ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White and Maia and Alex Shibutani train at the club in Canton.

Young skaters at the viewing party say not only is it cool to see someone they know skating in the Olympics, but witnessing the work the Olympians put into their sport teaches a life lesson.

“They skate like six hours a day,” said Bree Amick.  “I am trying to skate more.”

“You hear people say you can't go to the Olympics. It is too hard,” said Sarah Liberatore, a teenage skater. “Well you see these people.  They have done it. And you think, maybe I can do that someday.”


“It makes my job very easy,” said Tim McKernan, a coach at the club. “ Because I have kids who want to be just like Meryl and Charlie.  And I am like if you want to be like them - you see how hard they are working right now. Let's get back to work..”

It was a lesson reinforced when Meryl and Charlie took to the ice.  When their score came in it was a world record for highest score in ice dancing.  They earned the gold.

Fellow club members on the Canadian team, Tessa and Scott earned the silver.

Maia and Alex Shibutani came in ninth. 

“I want to thank them for inspiring us,” said Liberatore.

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