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Canadian Figure Skaters

Updated on October 7, 2014

Olympic Figure Skaters for Canada

Figure skating has always been one of my favorite sports to watch during the winter Olympics. I remember skating on the pond near my house when I was a kid, wishing I could be as skilled and graceful as they were. Alas we didn't have the money for lessons. Although I don't know how much it would have helped given that I couldn't get the hang of how to stop properly. My technique for stopping was to just fall down.

So instead I just keep watching in amazement at the talent that they possess. Skate Canada has announced which figure skaters will be representing Canada at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. We have done well at the Olympics in the past, but this year we have a great shot at a medal, maybe even gold, in quite a few of the categories. So lets take a look at the members of the 2014 Canadian Olympic figure skating team.

Photo of Liam Firus By David W. Carmichael [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Men's Figure Skating

This year we will have three men representing Canada. They are Patrick Chan, Kevin Reynolds, and Liam Firus. With Patrick Chan, who has won the world championships three times, we have a legitimate shot at getting our first Gold medal in Men's Olympic figure skating.

You will want to keep an eye on our two other representatives. Kevin has a lot of difficult jumps in his program and if he lands them, he may land on the podium. Liam, while he is good he is still developing, but I think he could get a lot of attention for his model good looks.

The Men are scheduled to compete on February 13th & 14th. While Patrick was unable to get the Gold medal that he had hoped for, he did a good performance and represented us well. Kevin got his chance to show the world exactly what he was capable of when he impressed everyone with his program in the team competition.

Photo of Patrick Chan By Luu (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Skating Equipment - Help To Start Them On Their Olympic Journey

Lake Placid Nitro Girl's Adjustable Figure Ice Skate
Lake Placid Nitro Girl's Adjustable Figure Ice Skate

This is a great skate for girls. They adjust 3 to 4 sizes so that they will last longer as they will grow with your child.

 
Lake Placid Metro Boy's Adjustable Figure Ice Skate
Lake Placid Metro Boy's Adjustable Figure Ice Skate

This is a great skate for boys. They adjust 3 to 4 sizes so that they will last longer as they will grow with your child.

 

Women's Figure Skating

We only get two women spots in Sochi. However we will be represented well by Kaetlyn Osmond and Gabrielle Daleman. Kaetlyn has had top ten finishes in international competition so we have a shot at a medal. When I see her skating she reminds me of Katrina Witt.

Gabrielle Daleman is only 16 years old, so while she may medal, it isn't really expected. However it is an excellent opportunity for her to get an Olympic experience under her belt. That way when she competes again in 2018 and 2022, when she is going to be more of a threat, she will be better prepared.

The Ladies Figure Skating event is scheduled for February 19th and 20th. Both of them placed well with a 13th place for Katelyn and 17th for Gabrielle. Perhaps in 2018 they will both be going for the Gold.

Photo of Kaetlyn Osmond By David W. Carmichael [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Dance

We have an amazing shot in the dance category. We have the defending Gold medalists Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir. They say they are focused on defending their title and they did a good performance to make the team. Hopefully filming their TV show hasn't distracted them too much from their training.

Plus we have Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje who were 5th at last years World Championships so they have the potential to medal. Alexandra Paul & Mitchell Islam will be there to gain some experience so that they will be prepared for the next Olympics.

The Ice Dance competition will be held on February 16th and 17th. While they were not able to successfully defend the title they did put on an excellent performance and ended up getting a Silver medal.

Photo of Virtue & Moir By David W. Carmichael [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Canadian Pair's

We will have three teams for the Pair's category. They are Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford, Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch, and Paige Lawerence & Rudi Swiegers.

Duhamel & Radford represent our best chance for a medal in this event as they won the Bronze medal at last years World Championships. However don't count out Moore-Towers & Moscovitch as they are always hot on the heels of their teammates.

The Pairs event is going to be held on February 11th and 12th. A fifth and seventh place finish for Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch and Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford respectively bodes well for the future of our pair's.

Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch have decided to go their separate ways and find new partners. He is 29 and she is 21, so she is hoping to participate in one or even two more Olympic games. That would mean another 8 years of competition, which would mean Dylan would be 37 years old.

By Luu (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Figure Skating Team Event

This year they have a new team event for figure skating. There is one skater each from the Men's & Ladies, and one pair for each of the Pairs & Dance categories. Canada is going into this part of the competition ranked in first place.

The Team Event Schedule:

Feb. 6th - Men's & Pair's Short

Feb. 8th - Ladies & Dance Short. Plus the Pair's Free

Feb. 9th - Men's, Ladies, Dance Free

Congratulations to the Team on a Silver Medal! They all did well in their performances and it gave them an opportunity to get some experience under their belts for their Individual competitions.

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