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Skate Canada – VANCOUVER (January 14, 2018) — The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Skate Canada officially announced the 17 athletes and 12 coaches nominated to represent Team Canada in figure skating at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

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Skaters qualified for the team based on their performances during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons as well as their results at the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships.

The skaters nominated are:

Name

Event

Hometown

Patrick Chan

Men’s singles

Toronto, ON

Keegan Messing

Men’s singles

Sherwood Park, AB/ Brampton, ON

Gabrielle Daleman

Women’s singles

Newmarket, ON

Kaetlyn Osmond

Women’s singles

Sherwood Park, AB/ Marystown, NL

Larkyn Austman

Women’s singles

Coquitlam, BC

Meagan Duhamel

Pairs

Lively, ON

Eric Radford

Pairs

Balmertown, ON

Julianne Séguin

Pairs

Longueuil, QC

Charlie Bilodeau

Pairs

Trois-Pistoles, QC

Kirsten Moore-Towers

Pairs

St. Catharines, ON

Michael Marinaro

Pairs

Sarnia, ON

Tessa Virtue

Ice dance

London, ON

Scott Moir

Ice dance

Ilderton, ON

Piper Gilles

Ice dance

Toronto, ON

Paul Poirier

Ice dance

Unionville, ON

Kaitlyn Weaver

Ice dance

Toronto, ON

Andrew Poje

Ice dance

Waterloo, ON

The coaches nominated are:

Name

Position

Hometown

Lee Barkell

Coach

Kirkland Lake, ON

Ralph Burghart

Coach

Vienna, Austria

Marie-France Dubreuil

Coach

Sainte-Catherine, QC

Oleg Epstein

Coach

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Richard Gauthier

Coach

Mont Tremblant, QC

Patrice Lauzon

Coach

Boisbriand, QC

Bruno Marcotte

Coach

Beloeil, QC

Nikolai Morozov

Coach

Edgewater, New Jersey, USA

Zdenek Pazdirek

Coach

Coquitlam, BC

Josée Picard

Coach

Hull, QC

Juris Razgulajevs

Coach

Riga, Latvia

Ravi Walia

Coach

Vancouver, BC

Figure skating is one of Canada’s most successful sports at the Olympic Winter Games. Since 1924, Canada has won 25 Olympic medals, including four golds.

The team heading to PyeongChang has been hugely successful in recent years. Vancouver 2010 gold medallists Virtue and Moir returned from a two-year hiatus last season to win their third world title. While they were away, Weaver and Poje won two world medals. Osmond and Daleman became the first Canadian women to share a world championship podium in 2017, winning silver and bronze. Duhamel and Radford captured back-to-back world titles in 2015 and 2016. Three-time world champion Chan is coming off winning his record-setting 10th national title.

With 17 skaters, Canada has qualified the largest figure skating team of any country for PyeongChang 2018. Figure skating will take place February 9-23 (Days 0-14) at the Gangneung Ice Arena.

QUOTES:

“I’m impressed by the depth of this team. There are so many strong contenders and we have tremendous hope for them heading into the Games. Congratulations to all athletes nominated. Best of luck to them as they enter the final stage of their preparation.”

– Isabelle Charest, PyeongChang 2018 Team Canada Chef de Mission

“Tessa and I are honoured to be representing Canada at our third Olympic Games. It is especially a privilege to be named to the team with this group of skaters. We have grown up together and its going to be a special moment to take the ice with them and go for gold. We are looking forward to embracing the Olympic spirit and proudly cheering on our teammates in PyeongChang.”

– Scott Moir, PyeongChang 2018 nominated athlete

“I am thrilled to be named to the Olympic team for the second time. It is always a source of pride to wear the red-and-white and to do it on the biggest sporting stage in the world will be truly an honour. Our entire team has worked hard to be the best and I know Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast will be cheering on our journey as we take on the world.”

– Gabrielle Daleman, PyeongChang 2018 nominated athlete

“Figure Skating is one of the most watched Olympic events, and for good reason. These new team members are looking to earn their spot in PyeongChang amongst previous champions. As they dance, spin and jump, the Canadian fans back home will be supporting them in their quest for the podium. Let’s go Canada!”

– The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

Prior to being named to Team Canada, all nominations are subject to approval by the COC’s Team Selection Committee following its receipt of nominations by all National Sport Federations in late January 2018.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Emma Bowie, Communications Manager
Skate Canada
Tel: 613-747-1007, ext. 2547 / Cell: 613-914-2607
Email: ebowie@skatecanada.ca

Josh Su, Coordinator, Communications
Canadian Olympic Committee
Tel: 416-324-4303 / Cell: 647-464-4060
Email: jsu@olympic.ca

Photi Sotiropoulos, Director, Communications and Media Relations
Canadian Olympic Committee
Tel: 416-324-4298 / Cell: 416-476-9174
Email: psotiropoulos@olympic.ca

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Skate Canada is the nation’s governing body for competitive figure skating and is dedicated to creating a nation of skaters, both recreationally and competitively. At 130 years old, Skate Canada is the world’s oldest skating organization and Canada’s preeminent leader in skating instruction and education. Over 170,000 Canadians participate in Skate Canada educational programs each year, including our flagship CanSkate program that teaches beginners of every age the basic skills of skating and fundamental movements.

As one of Canada’s most successful sport governing bodies, Skate Canada athletes have won 25 Olympic medals and 36 world championship titles. Today’s Canadian world and Olympic medallists all began at one of our 1,200 local Skate Canada clubs or skating schools. Through our programs, more than 5,500 certified professional coaches encourage Canadians of all ages to skate together as a family, pursue competitive ice sports and enjoy an active lifestyle.

Skate Canada has a National Service Centre in Ottawa and high performance facilities in Toronto and Montreal.

For Information:
Emma Bowie, Communications Manager
+1 (613) 747-1007 ext. 2547
ebowie@skatecanada.ca