Skate Canada has formally announced that 17 athletes will compete for Canada in figure skating at next month’s Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The athletes will compete in men’s, women’s, pair, ice dance and team events. North Vancouver’s Liam Firus and Coquitlam’s Kevin Reynolds will join Ottawa’s Patrick Chan in the men’s singles.
Image: Liam Firus
21-year old Firus, who represents the Vancouver Skating Club, first began as an ice hockey player before he made the full transition into figure skating. The Capilano University student placed 8th at the 2012 World Junior Figure Skating Championships and won bronze at this year’s Canadian Championships.
Fellow local skater and 23-year old Kevin Reynolds is a four-time Canadian Championships medalist and was last year’s Four Continents champion.
Firus, Reynolds and Chan will compete in the Olympic men’s short program and free skate scheduled for February 13 and 14.
Other athletes that have made it to the Canadian figure skating team include:
- two ladies singles: Kaetlyn Osmond and Gabrielle Daleman;
- three pairs: Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford, Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch and Paige Lawrence & Rudi Swiegers;
- three ice dance teams: Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje, and Alexandra Paul & Mitchell Islam
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