USF Sarasota-Manatee will honor Amanda Evora at a breakfast where she will share her experiences on the Battle of the Blades reality TV show:
Evora, a USF Sarasota-Manatee alumna and Team USA pairs figure skater and her partner, former National Hockey League star Scott Thornton, recently won the fourth season of CBC TV’s Battle of the Blades reality show and competition. Evora and Thornton raised and donated $100,000 to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. The announcement of the couple’s victory was made on November 17, which happened to be Evora’s 29th birthday. She cited the “opportunity to give back” as her main motivation for participating in the series, which is much like ABC’s Dancing with the Stars in its reliance on the audience voting for their favorites.
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The pair chose breast cancer as their cause since Thornton’s mother in law has been undergoing treatment for the disease.
Since graduating from USFSM in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Evora has applied her marketing and management skills as a sought after figure skating coach for up-and-coming champions in Ellenton, Fla. She also works part-time as an office administrator at Specialty Products Holding Corporation in Sarasota.
Evora stepped away from competitive skating in 2012 after representing Team USA for 10 years. She took a year off of school at USF Sarasota-Manatee to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and is a five-time National Medalist, winning silver, bronze and pewter with her former partner, Mark Ladwig. Evora and Ladwig also won two medals in international competition.
Scott Thornton, a former first round pick, spent 18 seasons in the NHL and appeared in over 1,000 games with six different franchises.
“Opportunity looks a lot like hard work,” Evora has said when asked about her drive and commitment.” Keep an open mind and take chances on opportunities as they present themselves.” She says that competing on Battle of the Blades was a fantastic experience and helped her rediscover her love of performing again. “It gave me a new perspective on performing and I was able to grow again in my own skating; plus I had the time of my life. It was so nice to be rewarded after so many years of hard work and in a different environment. I was blessed to have Scott as a partner; we were a great combination.”