The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics are nearly here! As lovers of all that is sport and fitness, we can't wait for the Games to start!
With much anticipation about our athletes and teams, we're giving you the top 5 Canadian athletes to watch this year. (Okay we lied, it's actually six.)
1. Alex Harvey
Sport: Cross-country Skiing
Introduced to cross-country skiing when he was only 3-years old by his father, legendary Canadian cross country skier, Pierre Harvey, Alex was basically born for this.
He made his first appearance right in B.C. at the 2010 Winter Olympics, where he placed fourth in the team sprint with Devon Kershaw.
Following this, Alex has set records, won World Cup champions, and became the first Canadian man to win an individual cross-country medal at the FIS Nordic World Ski.
2. Marie-Philip Poulin
Sport: Women's Hockey
Also making her first appearance here in B.C. with the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, winning gold with Team Canada, Marie has made her mark on Canadian women's hockey.
As Canada's leading scorer at Sochi 2014, she wowed crowds during the final against the United States. All that done while nursing an ankle sprain through much of training season.
Marie has been with the national team program since 2007, where she has won silvers at the IIHF U-18 Women's World Chamions, and has served as captain on the Canadian Women's Hockey Team since 2015.
3. Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir
Sport: Figure Skating
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were the first North Americans to win the Olympic Gold Medal for ice dance in 2010, and the youngest to win at their first games (at 20 and 22 years of age).
With one of their best seasons in 2016/17, the pair hope to reclaim their top spot after taking home a Silver Medal at the 2014 Sochi Games.
This year's flagbearers at PyeongChang, they have an immense amount of Canadian support coming for them!
4. Max Parrot
Sport: Snowboard (Big air, Slope style)
Max was born with skiing and snowboarding in his genes. His father, Alain, was an alpine ski racer and Canadian water ski jump champion.
At 10, he traded in the skiis for a snowboard and began his professional career at 16. Since then, he's been on a number of podiums – from the X Games to the 2014 Sochi Olympics, where Max was the top qualifier with a near perfect score.
5. Kaillie Humphries
Kaillie is becoming a household name for bobsleigh enthusiasts, becoming one of the first (alongside brakemate Healther Moyse) Canadian women to win Olympic bobleigh gold.
At Sochi 2014, the pair became the first women to ever repeat as Olympic bobleigh champions. Along with this, Kaillie became the first female pilot of a four-man sled in the World Cup and world championship competition in 2014-15.
Information found at olympic.ca
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