(July 26, 2007)
Elizabeth Manley is coming home.
The 1988 Olympic and world silver medallist has accepted a role as part of the professional coaching team at her former training centre, the Gloucester Skating Club. In her new position, Manley will coach and train competitive athletes and skaters of all ages and abilities.
Manley, who was born in Trenton, Ont., lived in the Ottawa area for many years while training as an amateur athlete. The Gloucester Skating Club is located just east of downtown Ottawa.
“It’s an honour to return to my home after many years travelling professionally and living in the United States,” said Manley. “I wouldn’t have gone anywhere but my true home, the Gloucester Skating Club, as they are such a big part of my success as an Olympic medallist. My heart has always been there and I’m so excited to return!”
In addition to her silver medal at the 1988 Olympics, Manley was a three-time Canadian Champion. After she retired from amateur skating in 1988, Manley went on to a successful professional skating and coaching career that included becoming a headlining performer with both Champions on Ice and Ice Capades.
Manley was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1988.