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Pj Kwong - Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 20:20

Elizabeth Manley reflects on 1988 Olympic team announcement

Ice dancers Lorna Wighton, John Dowding share memory

Elizabeth Manley, the 1988 Canadian figure skating champion, was still nervous about making the 1988 Olympic team. (Canadian Press)

The Canadian Olympic Committee is hosting tomorrow when the skaters representing Canada at the Sochi Olympics next month are announced.

At the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships this weekend in Ottawa, where the team will be revealed, some skaters’ Olympics dreams have been made while others’ have been shattered.

Turning to ice dance favourites Lorna Wighton and John Dowding, who won three Canadian championships in late 1970s, I asked them what it was like on the eve of their Olympic team assignment announcement 24 years ago in advance of the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid. At the time, Lorna and John were considered Olympic medal hopefuls in an era where dominance by any North American dance teams was a rarity.

1988 Olympic medallist Elizabeth Manley had her own fair share of ups and downs. She acknowledged that even though she was Canadian champion, there was a tiny voice in her head waiting for confirmation of making the Olympic team.

In less than 24 hours the next part of the Sochi puzzle is revealed.

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