The Canadian Olympic and Other Teams
The Canadian Olympic team has been announced for the 2018 Winter Games, along with their teams for the various ISU Championships.
Nationals season ended last week with the Canadian Figure Skating Championships in Vancouver, and like the U.S. and Japan, Canada announced their teams for everything right after. The big announcement, of course, was the team for the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang next February. But there were also the teams for the World Championships in Italy and the World Junior Championships in Bulgaria, also in March, and the Four Continents Championships in Taipei next week. For the first two events, they have two berths in the men and three in the other disciplines. To Junior Worlds, on the other hand, they can only send one lady and two of everything else. All countries eligible for Four Continents get three berths in all disciplines.
The World team, at least, probably isn’t in its final form. Canada’s men’s, pairs, and dance champions have all said they’re retiring after this season, and one or more of them may retire immediately after the Olympics. Indeed, some wondered if perhaps any of them had already decided this, and the World team wouldn’t include them even now. There was also a question whether Canada might choose to send one second man or third woman to the Olympics, and another, who’d just missed the team, to Worlds as a consolation prize.
However, the Olympic and World teams are, for the moment, identical. Instead, for those who just missed the Olympic, the consolation prize is a trip to the Four Continents Championships, which is a typical practice for both the big North American countries in the Olympic year. Although things got more complicated there for the women, since one of the women who would’ve otherwise be in is thirteen days too young to compete, and another can’t go simply because she hasn’t competed internationally since 2015, and therefore lacks the required minimal technical score.
- Patrick Chan
- Keegan Messing
- Larkyn Austman
- Gabrielle Daleman
- Kaetlyn Osmond
- Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford
- Kirsten Moore-Towers & Michael Marinaro
- Julianne Seguin & Charlie Bilodeau
- Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier
- Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir
- Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Pojé
Four Continents Team
- Elladj Balde
- Nam Nguyen
- Kevin Reynolds
- Alaine Chartrand
- Michelle Long
- Alicia Pineault
- Lubov Ilyuschechkina & Dylan Moscovitch
- Sydney Kolodziej & Maxime Deschamps
- Camille Ruest & Drew Wolfe
- Sarah Arnold & Thomas Williams
- Haley Sales & Nikolas Wamsteeker
- Carolane Soucisse & Shane Firus
Junior World Team
- Conrad Orzel
- Joseph Phan
- Aurora Cotop
- Lori-Ann Matte & Thierry Ferland
- Evelyn Walsh & Trent Michaud
- Olivia McIsaac & Elliot Graham
- Majorie Lajoie & Zachary Lagha
If anyone currently on the World team chooses not to go, we’ll probably find out after the Games. The Four Continents Championships are in Tapei, January 22-28, 2018. The Olympic Winter Games are in PyeongChang, Korea, February 9-25, 2018. The World Junior Championships are in Sofia, Bulgaria, March 5011, 2018. The World Championships are in Milan, Italy, March 19-25, 2018.