With more and more athletes qualified for PyeongChang 2018 with less than 40 days before the start of the Olympic Winter Games, all eyes are on our Canadian athletes and medal hopefuls.. Here is a list of our top 4 Canadian athletes you should keep an eye on during the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
1. Tessa Vritue & Scott Moir —Figure Skating
After winning a gold medal at the Vancouver Winter Games in 2010 and silver medal in Sotchi in 2014, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were all set to hang their skates with a sense of accomplishment. However, in the fall of 2016, two years after announcing their retirement, they decided to get back on the ice and start competing again.
Ever since announcing their comeback, they’ve dominated the figure skating scene, winning a seventh national title, a third World Championship, a pair of gold medals during the Grand Prix season before dropping to silver at the Grand Prix Final this fall, earning them the title of Canadian Olympic athletes of the year by CBC Sports.
After a stellar season, Virtue and Moir are definitely gold medal contenders at the Olympic Winter Games 2018.
2. Charles Hamelin — Speed Skating
With a prolific career marked by more than a hundred World Cup podiums and record breaking performances in his sport, Charles Hamelin is ready to race one last time in the Olympic Winter Games before retiring. At 33 years old, Hamelin announced that the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang will be his last.
As one of the most decorated Canadian athletes at the Winter Games, current World Champion and gold medal winner at the last three Olympic Winter Games, Charles Hamelin has every reason to aspire to a podium in the 2018 edition.
3. Mikael Kingsbury — Mogul Skiing
Although Canada has produced many medals in freestyle skiing over the years, the centerpiece of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games remains Mikael Kingsbury. After finishing in second place in Sochi 2014 — losing only to Alex Bilodeau, now retired — Kingsbury hassince then become the most dominant male mogul skier, thanks to winning six consecutive Crystal Globes, a pair of World Championship wins and accumulating 42 victories and 63 podiums in 80 World Cup starts.
With only the Olympic crown missing to his résumé, all eyes should be on Mikael Kingsbury as he tries to bring back the gold medal in PyeongChang this next February.
4. Kaillie Humphries — Bobsleigh
Kaillie Humphries entered Canadian olympic history at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver 2010 when she and her then-teammate Heather Moyse won gold in bobsleigh for the first time. In 2014, they were the first duo to defend their olympic title. Thanks to their amazing performance at Sochi 2014, they were selected to be thee Canadian flag bearers at the Closing Ceremonies.
Although she has a new teammate, Kaillie will be competing for her third Olympic gold medal in PyeongChang 2018. After finishing second at both the world championships and in the overall World Cup standings this season, Humphries is preparing for another podium in PyeongChang.