CBC Sports - Wednesday Jan. 29, 2014 16:05 ET

Canada's Sochi Winter Olympics team its biggest ever

Team includes a record 100 women

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Kevin Reynolds, (bottom row, left to right) Patrick Chan and Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., are joined by teammates during the announcement of the Canadian Olympic Team in Ottawa on Sunday. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Canada is sending 221 athletes from across the country over to the Sochi Olympics, with the hopes of setting an all-time mark in medals.

The Canadian Olympic Committee released the official team list on Wednesday.

"The size of our team and its medal potential is a great tribute to our athletes, their coaches and the system Canada has in place to develop high performance Olympic athletes," said Steve Podborski, the chef de mission for Sochi, in a statement.

"Our athletes are very talented and are the best-prepared team to ever represent Canada at the Winter Games. Our medal success in Vancouver has established a benchmark that all our athletes are eager to surpass."

Canada will be sending athletes out in 93 of the record 98 medal competitions taking place. There were 86 medal events in Vancouver.

Canada won 14 gold medals, seven silver and five bronze at the Winter Games four years ago, setting new marks in total medals and gold wins. Projections from news agencies Canadian Press and Associated Press are optimistic that Canada can break the total medal mark. AP predicts 13 gold, while CP did not specify.

The team is drawn from athletes from nine provinces and two territories. Ontario is sending the most, with 64 athletes, followed by Alberta (56) and Quebec (43).

The 100 female athletes are the most ever sent by Canada. For historical perspective, 20 years ago in Lillehammer, Norway, the country sent 31 women competitors.

In addition to the two hockey teams, Canada is sending over 20 athletes in snowboarding, freestyle skiing, speed skating (long track and short track).

Core of past medallists

Canada is sending 46 athletes who've been on the Olympic podium before.

That list includes Canadian flag-bearer Hayley Wickenheiser, who will compete in her sixth Olympics, the most of any member of the team. Her total includes one Summer Olympics appearance in softball.

Wickenheiser's teammate Jayna Hefford and snowboarders Maëlle Ricker and Jasey Jay Anderson are going for a fifth time.

The team includes married speed skaters Jamie Gregg and Danielle Wotherspoon-Gregg, and freestyle skiing's three sisters: Chloe, Justine and Maxime Dufour-Lapointe. 

The youngest member of the team is figure skater Gabrielle Daleman, who turned 16 on January 13. Curler Jennifer Jones and Lascelles Brown in bobsleigh were both born in 1974, the earliest birthdate. 

The only sport without Canadian representation is nordic combined.

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