According to the Canadian Olympic Committee on Wednesday, the Canadian Olympic team was named for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Here is a look at many of the Canadian Olympians.
A is for Meghan Agosta-Marciano of Windsor, Ontario, the most valuable player of the 2010 Olympic women’s hockey tournament, who is trying to win her third straight Olympic gold.
B is for Alexandre Bilodeau of Montreal, who became the first Canadian man to win Olympic gold on home soil at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. The men’s mogulist has won the last three World Cup moguls events.
C is for Patrick Chan of Ottawa, the three-time defending world men’s singles figure skating champion. No Canadian man has won a gold medal in men’s figure skating before.
D is for Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal, one of three sisters who are all Canadian mogulists. Dufour-Lapointe finished in second place in the World Cup rankings last year and is second again this year.
E is for Sam Edney of Calgary, the best Canadian male luger, who is part of the Canadian mixed relay luge team. The team is ranked second in the world behind Germany.
F is for Ryan Fry of Sault. Ste. Marie, Ontario, the third for Brad Jacobs’s curling team. Fry, who has previously played for Jeff Stoughton and Brad Gushue, is known for getting down very low on his release of the curling stone.
G is for Alex Gough of Calgary, who has a chance of making history at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. No Canadian has ever won a medal in luge before, and Gough has a chance in the mixed relay and women’s events.
H is for Charles Hamelin of Levis, Quebec who might win four medals in men’s short track speed skating. He is the defending gold medalist in the men’s 500m and was part of the relay team that won gold at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
I is for Haley Irwin of Thunder Bay, Ontario, who will be one of Canada’s top forwards on the women’s hockey team. However Irwin will be overshadowed by another Hayley in Wickenheiser on the Canadian squad.
J is for Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg, Manitoba who will be the skip of the Canadian women’s curling team. At 39, Jones will be the oldest of the 221 Canadian Olympians.
K is for Mikael Kingsbury of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec who is the defending world champion in men’s moguls and could join Bilodeau on the Olympic podium.
L is for Roberto Luongo of Montreal, the goaltender on the Canadian Olympic men’s hockey team. After his recent performances, he is likely to be Canada’s number one goaltender for the second straight time after leading Canada to Olympic gold in Vancouver.
M is for Heather Moyse of Summerside, Prince Edward Island. Moyse, who is regarded the best women’s bobsleigh push starter in the world, won a gold medal as Kaillie Humphries’ brakewoman at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, and will be a gold medal contender again.
N is for Christine Nesbitt of London, Ontario. Nesbitt, who won the gold medal in the women’s 1000m speed skating event at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, has struggled this season but will lead the Canadian team to a medal chance in the women’s team pursuit.
O is for Spencer O’Brien of Courtenay, British Columbia. O’Brien, a slopestyle snowboarder, is the reigning world champion and two-time X Games bronze medalist in this new Olympic event.
P is for Maxence Parrot of Cowansville, Quebec. The slopestyle snowboarder has the chance of skiing out of the shadow of Canadian superstar Mark McMorris and on to the top of the Olympic podium.
Q is for question marks surrouding the health of Canadian Olympic men’s hockey player Steve Stamkos and snowboarders Mark McMorris and Maelle Ricker.
R is for Mike Riddle of Edmonton. Riddle is the 2011 world halfpipe skiing champion and finished third on the World Cup circuit this year.
S is for Shannon Szabados of Edmonton, regarded as the best women’s hockey goaltender in the world. Team Canada will look to win their fourth straight Olympic gold medal in women’s hockey at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
T is for Marielle Thompson of Vancouver. Thompson is the World Cup leader in women’s ski cross and has the chance to follow in the footsteps of Ashleigh McIvor, who became the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal in women’s ski cross at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
U is for the u-shaped ramp where Rosalind Groenewoud of Calgary will compete in women’s halfpipe skiing. Groenewoud came back from having surgery on both knees in December to win a silver medal at last week’s Winter X Games.
V is for Tessa Virtue of London, Ontario who is looking to defend her gold medal in ice dancing with Scott Moir. Virtue and Moir will be the underdogs however at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, behind Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White.
W is for Hayley Wickenheiser of Shaunavon, Saskatchewan. Regarded as the best women’s hockey player in the world ever, Wickenheiser is the all-time leader in women’s hockey in goals, assists and points. She will be competing at her fifth Olympic Winter Games for Canada and will carry the Canadian Flag in the opening ceremonies.
X is for Winter X Games, the prepatory event for many snowboarders and freestyle skiers. At the 2014 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, Parrot and slopestyle skier Kaya Turski of Montreal won gold medals.
Y is for Steve Yzerman, the executive director of the Canadian men’s hockey team. Yzerman, who has done a great job as the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, has made the smooth transition from player (where he won a gold medal for Canada at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City) to executive (where he won a gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver).
Z is for Zamboni, the machine that cleans ice surfaces. Canadian hockey fans will hope the Zamboni driver at various hockey games will ask the ice maker to plant a lucky loonie in the ice.
* Due to Examiner restrictions on images in slideshows, the images of A-T are found here with U-Z to follow.