Figure Skating

Sunday Jan. 12, 2014 11:52 ET

Canada names figure skaters to Olympic team

Patrick Chan, Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir lead 17-member team

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    Patrick Chan hopes to become the first Canadian male figure skater to win Olympic gold. The three-time and reigning world champion won his seventh straight national championships on Saturday in Ottawa. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

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    Kevin Reynolds missed the 2013 international season due to boot problems, but returned to form in Ottawa at the 2014 nationals, winning silver. (Fred Thornhill/Reuters)

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    Liam Firus, 21, finished third at the 2014 national championships with 238.13 points. (Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)

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    Top national pairs skaters Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford finished fifth at the Grand Prix Finals in December. On Saturday at nationals, they set a new Canadian record for total score. (Michel Euler/Associated Press)

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    Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch have earned silver and bronze pairs medals at Grand Prix events this season, though trail Duhamel and Radford in national standings. (Yuri Kadobnov/Getty Images)

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    Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers are four-time national bronze medallists. Sochi will mark their first Olympic Games. (Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)

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    After missing the international season due to injury, Kaetlyn Osmond returned with a bang in Ottawa, winning her second straight national championships. This will mark her first Olympic competition. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

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    Gabrielle Daleman, 15, is a two-time national silver medallist. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

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    Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who won their sixth national championships on Saturday, have their sights set on another Winter Games title. However, holding off Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White won't be easy. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

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    Ice dancers Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje gave an "Olympic medal worthy performance" at this year's nationals, according to analyst Tracy Wilson, herself an Olympic bronze medallist in ice dance. (Ivan Sekretarev/Associated Press)

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    Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam represent the strong future of Canada ice dance team. They won bronze at the 2014 nationals. (Danny Moloshok/Reuters)

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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:

Men

  • Patrick Chan
  • Kevin Reynolds
  • Liam Firus


Women

  • Kaetlyn Osmond
  • Gabrielle Daleman


Pairs

  • Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford
  • Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch
  • Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers


Ice Dance

  • 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.

 

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