Canadian Medal Hopefuls at the 2014 Winter Olympics
Monday, February 3, 2014
Canada usually sends strong teams to the international Winter Olympics, and despite a slew of injuries, Canadian athletes are tipped to win 13 gold medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Meet some of our most promising medal contenders:
- Kaillie Humphries lives in Calgary and is coached by Germany's Stefan Bosch. This 28-year-old may add the 2014 Olympic bobsled gold medal to her 2010 Olympic gold and 2012 World Championships gold. She slides with brakeman Heather Moyse, a native of Prince Edward Island.
- Short track speed skater Charles Hamelin won the gold medal in the 2010 Olympics in the 500 metre race, and helped the Canadian team to its victory in the 5,000 metre relay event. In 2014 he has a good chance to win both the 1,000 metre and 1,500 metre races. He is 29-years-old and one of the best known residents of Sainte-Julie, Quebec.
- Ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, both from Ontario, are coached by Marina Zueva. They are the 2010 and 2012 world champions, and the 2010 Olympic gold medalists. In the 2014 dance event they will face tough competition from their American training partners Meryl Davis and Charlie White, but they will certainly play a definitive role in the Canadian team that is favourite for the brand-new team figure skating event.
- Patrick Chan grew up in Ottawa. He is coached by Kathy Johnson, and has been suggested to win the men's figure skating gold medal. He has been the Canadian champion for seven consecutive years, and was also the world champion in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
- While Christine Nesbitt was born in Australia, she grew up in London, Ontario, and now lives in Calgary. She won the 1,000 metre long track speed skating gold at the 2010 Olympics. She set a world record time in the same event in Calgary in 2012. She was recently diagnosed with coeliac disease, and the necessary change of diet and lifestyle has slowed her down.
- Regina resident Mark McMorris turned professional in 2010, so this year will be his first Winter Olympics. He is only 20 years old, but won the gold slopestyle medal at both the 2012 and 2013 Winter X Games. He is recovering from a fractured rib, which may affect his performance.