Racing presidents practice their ice skating

The Washington Nationals racing presidents were spotted today at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Ballston, waiting for the Capitals to finish so they could do a little presidential ice skating themselves.

The presidents were rehearsing for Sunday’s presidents race on ice during a hockey game between the New York Islanders and the Ottawa Senators at New York’s Nassau Coliseum.

The Nationals have been hush-hush about the presidents practice schedule, but the Washington Post’s Mark Giannotto was at Kettler and captured the moment on his cell phone.

Washington Post photo by Mark Giannotto

Presidents race to return to the ice on Valentine’s Day

The Washington Nationals racing presidents are headed back to the ice to reprise last year’s Presidents Day race at Nassau Coliseum.

Washington Nationals presidents race on ice skatesOur favorite oversized presidents made the journey to New York last year to hold the first-ever presidents race on ice skates between periods of a New York Islanders hockey game. After posing for photos with fans before the game, they slipped and slided (and scuffled) across the ice, with predictable results.

A video of that race can be found in our Presidents Race Videos collection.

The Washington Nationals presidents race at a New York Islanders game at Nassau ColiseumThe Islanders have invited the presidents back this year. With no game scheduled for Presidents Day, look for George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy to make their appearance the night before, at the scheduled 5:00pm game on Sunday, February 14, between the host New York Islanders and the Ottawa Senators.

Last year, the Post’s Dan Steinberg got a tip that the presidents had been spotted training at Ballston’s Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Stay tuned for more on any planned public workouts.

Photos courtesy of NHL.com.

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