Scott Moir’s uncle Paul skates to the rescue of bladeless Belarussians
By Ryan Pyette, The London Free Press
Thursday, March 14, 2013 10:41:37 EDT PM


After a nightmare trip, Belarusian ice dancers Viktoria Kavaliova and Yurii Bieliaiev finally arrived at their first senior worlds in London on Wednesday morning.

Their skates didn’t.

Enter Ilderton’s Paul Moir, worlds volunteer, skate sharpener extraordinaire, and uncle of Olympic ice dance champion Scott. ...

Bieliaiev is 6-foot-5. He takes a size 14. “We had a skater who’s doing on-ice security volunteering for us this week (Chatham native and former pairs skater Adam Johnson) and he took off his skates for the boy to try on,” Moir said. “They’re not dance blades but they fit him. They just had to be sharpened up.”

Big Bieliaiev hasn’t used that type of skates since he was “five or six.”

Still, it was a stroke of luck. Finding skates for Kavaliova, who takes size six-and-a-half, required a little more work. ...

Sheri, another one of Moir’s daughters and a former senior-level ice dancer, offered up the skates she used when she was part of the Nexxice synchronized team powerhouse.