A Special Event Close to my Heart

My name is Liz Manley and I suffered from mental health issues. You may recall that I won the Silver Medal for Canada at the 1988 Olympics in Calgary. The Olympics was the highlight of my career and maybe even my life but it didn’t come without some serious hardships. Training my entire life and giving up so much of what we call a normal life I found myself as a teen with a lot of emotional issues. My desire to be the best in the world at such an young age and going through family changes took its toll and I entered my journey to the Olympic s in 1983 suffering from serious emotional issues that I couldn’t understand or address.

I shut myself off from the world and was too scared to tell anyone how I was feeling because I was supposed to be a tough athlete . I was told to “Don’t complain” “Push through the emotion” “Never Give up”. I tried to hard to follow that coaching but within a few months I lost all of my hair and gained 30 lbs in water retention weight. No one knew what was happening to me, least of all me!

Manley and Friends 2014

News & Media

  • Big night for Community Living Peterborough

    Elizabeth Manley brought along a few of her figure skating friends for a special party at the Memorial Centre on Saturday night. The former Olympic medalist was the headliner of … Read more

  • Love is Louder at star-studded PEC Skating Club show

    Elizabeth Manley won the Olympic silver medal long before most of the Prince Edward County Skating Club members were born. But she easily won  everybody’s heart on Sunday, skating in … Read more

  • Love is louder

    The lesson was loud and clear as skaters from the PECSC presented their year-end carnival with an anti-bullying message on ice. The show featured a special performance by Olympic silver … Read more



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