Even though the 2018 Winter Olympics don’t begin until Friday, February 9th, people have already started talking about the Canadian athletes and their chances for medals in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Year in and year out Team Canada stands tall and this year should be no exception. Here are some of our favourite female athletes to keep on eye on this year.
Tessa Virtue – Flag Bearer, Figure Skating. 28 Year old from London, Ontario. Tessa’s first Olympics was in 2010 in Vancouver where she won gold with her partner Scott Moir. Once again the duo are expected to win Gold, and considering this will be her last Olympics all eyes will be on them. Check out Real Style’s exclusive photo shoot with Tessa for our Winter 2015 issue.
Marielle Thompson – Freestyle Skiing. 24 years old from Whistler BC. Marielle is the reigning Olympic champ from Sochi, and has completely dominated the latest ski season, and should finish atop the World Cup standings. If this doesn’t say Gold once again, we don’t know what does.
Marie-Philip Poulin – Hockey. 26, from Quebec City, Quebec. Marie-Philip’s first Olympics was 2010 in Vancouver, and now she’s the captain of the women’s hockey team that is expected to take gold for a third time in a row.
Dufour-Lapointe sisters – Moguls Skiing. 23, 26, and 28 from Montreal Quebec. Ok, so we’re cheating with this one, but we had to include Maxime, Chloe and Justine as they have a chance to make history, again. Maxime and Justine won Gold and Silver in 2014, becoming just the third set of sisters to ever finish 1-2 in the same Winter Olympic Event. In 2014 they became the third trio of sisters to compete in the same event. Maybe they can make it 1-2-3 this time on the podium.
Marianne St-Gelais – Speed Skater. 27, Roberval Quebec. Marianne won two silvers in 2010 in Vancouver, and another silver in 2010 in Sochi. Perhaps the third time is the charm to get a gold?
Mirela Rahneva – Skeleton. 29, Ottawa, Ontario. This will be Mirela’s first Olympic games, but she is definitely one to watch as over the last year she has had three fourth place finishes, and one bronze. She could very easily place similarly at the games.
Rachel Homan – Curling. 28, Ottawa ON. This will be Rachel’s first Olympics, but don’t let that rookie status fool you. The native of Canada’s capital won gold at the 2017 World Women’s Curling Championship, giving Canada their first title there since 2008. It was also the first team to ever go undefeated in the tournament.
Photos: Athlete’s Instagram accounts