Over eight weeks we follow the intense journeys of eight couples as they train, learn pair skating technique and choreograph new routines weekly, to compete live every Sunday night. A highly accomplished cast of international athletes, including Rus- sian legends, put themselves on the line with an entire nation watching. The perfor- mances are dynamic and entertaining. Powerful hockey greats push their physical and emotional boundaries to become pair skaters. The first season of Battle of the Blades was a monster success for CBC in Canada and aired live for 7 weeks in the fall of 2009. The success continued in the second season and the third season aired in the fall of 2011 with a female hockey player joining the cast for the first time.