Canadian Figure Skating

Hockey holds its own special place in the nation’s heart, but so does figure skating. Little did the British know that they would inspire generations of Canadian figure skaters to come when they first introduced the sport in 1833.

Canadian figure skating boasts a great track record in international competition, and Canada is tied with Russia for second spot for overall Olympic figure skating medals (22).

While the Canadian Figure Skating Championships (Skating Nationals) celebrates its 100-year anniversary, Canada qualified to send the largest skating team to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Canadian figure skaters also qualified for the team figure event, which makes its Olympic debut. During the Games’ first figure skating event, Team Canada will compete against the United States, Japan and host nation Russia.

Other medal contenders are three-time World Champion Patrick Chan, and defending gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

Take a look at where Canada’s Sochi 2014 Figure Skating athletes call home