The Vancouver 2010 opening ceremonies are Friday night and to celebrate, the Morning Men of 9News tried out for Team USA.

Okay, I’m a science geek, but I’ve always dreamed of being an Olympic athlete. To realize this dream, I joined my on-air co-workers at 9News – Gary Shapiro, Gregg Moss, Graeme Nistler and Rob Proctor – to form the 9News ice skating team. Here’s the problem… we received some ill-advised guidance from legendary but shadowy Olympic coach Boris Kreskov. This opportunity, along with the $500 I gave him, proved to have some flaws. I also made a bad judgment call when I brought my fire extinguisher. Take a look…

Kreskov put us through a series of unusual exercises that involved both yoga and psychological intimidation before turning us loose on skates.

Shapiro, Nistler and Proctor actually stayed upright. Moss looked fetching in his Spiderman helmet, while I stunned the coach and a handful of onlookers with my use of a fire extinguisher to propel myself across the ice.

Thanks to the Hyland Hills Ice Centre at the Promenade in Westminster for hosting our practice. I also want to give a shout out to the Rocky Mountain Figure Skating Club for showing the morning men what real skating is supposed to look like.

Surprisingly, I didn’t make the team, missing by only inches. I’m looking forward to Sochi, Russia in 2014.

If you didn’t get enough of our attempt at the Olympics, watch the outtakes –

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