Canada names figure skaters to Olympic team
Patrick Chan, Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir lead 17-member team
The Canadian Olympic Committee announced the 17 skaters who will represent Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics at a special ceremony in Ottawa.
The skaters were named one by one, and invited to receive their official Canadian Olympic Team sweatshirt.
The roster includes:
- Patrick Chan
- Kevin Reynolds
- Liam Firus
- Kaetlyn Osmond
- Gabrielle Daleman
- Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford
- Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch
- Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers
- Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir
- Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje
- Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam
"We promise to be proud, stoked, inspired, unstoppable and fierce," said ice dancer Virtue, on behalf of the team, before Chan repeated the same message in French.
The team represents some of the best skaters in the world. Chan is a three-time and reigning world champion, while Virtue and Moir are two-time world champions and defending Olympic gold medallists. Weaver and Poje finished fifth at the Grand Prix Final in January, while Duhamel and Radford, and Moore-Towers and Moscovitch finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in pairs.
It also represents the depth of new talent in Canadian figure skating. Paul and Islam, Lawrence and Swiegers, Osmond, Daleman, Firus and Reynolds will all be competing at their first Olympics.
"Canada is a figure skating force," said COC president Marcel Aubut in introducing the event.
"Our goal in Sochi?" he asked. "Finish first in total medals. It's ambitious. but at the Canadian Olympic Committee, it's the way we like it."
All skaters are also qualified to compete in the team figure skating event, which will make its debut at the 2014 Games.
Figure skating events begin on Feb. 6, one day before the official opening ceremony.