For Team Canada figure skaters, it’s about strength in numbers


Will having the biggest figure skating delegation at the Sochi Olympics mean big results for Canada inside the Iceberg Skating Palace?

We won’t have to wait much longer to find out, as the inaugural team event kicks off the figure skating competition on Thursday in Sochi.

The 17-person Canadian team is headlined by three-time reigning world champion/gold medal challenger Patrick Chan and your defending Olympic ice dancing champions, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (pictured). But there are other strong skaters behind them as well.

The pair of Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford enter Sochi after claiming their third consecutive Canadian national title last month. In the same competition, Kaetlyn Osmond bagged her second straight Canadian gold. Also on the team is Kevin Reynolds, a champion in 2013 at the Four Continents Championships, one of the more higher-profile events in the sport.

For more on the whole group of Team Canada figure skaters, check out this feature.

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