17 Incredible Canadian Women Olympians to Follow on Instagram

Feb 09 2018 by
Categories : Health & Fitness

Follow the PyeongChang Olympics with some behind-the-scenes looks at the games.

  • 1/17

    Tessa Virtue

    Hometown: London, Ontario
    Sport: Figure Skating
    Handle: @tessavirtue17

    Tessa Virtue and her ice dancing partner Scott Moir ended a two-year hiatus from the sport with one of their best seasons ever, even winning their third world title. After winning gold in Vancouver and silver in Sochi, the pair — who carried the Canadian flag at this year's opening ceremonies — have their sights set on the podium for a third time.
  • 2/17

    Justine Dufour-Lapointe

    Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
    Sport: Freestyle Skiing - Mogul
    Handle: @justinedufourlapointe

    See? Sibling rivalry can be a good thing! Justine (right) and her sister Chloé made history in Sochi when they became the third set of sisters in the games' history to win gold and silver at the same Winter Olympics event.
  • 3/17

    Natalie Spooner

    Hometown: Scarborough, Ontario
    Sport: Ice Hockey
    Handle: @natspooner5

    After winning her first Olympic gold in Sochi, 27-year-old Spooner is back on the women's hockey team repping the GTA in Canada's (unofficial) national sport.
  • 4/17

    Yuki Tsubota

    Hometown: Whistler, B.C.
    Sport: Freestyle Skiing - Slopestyle
    Handle: @yuki_tsubota

    At her first Olympics in Sochi, Tsubota crashed during the finals and suffered a concussion and fractured cheekbone. That didn't stop the now 24-year-old athlete: she was back on the slopes a week after surgery and is ready to compete in PyeongChang.
  • 5/17

    Kaillie Humphries

    Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
    Sport: Bobsleigh
    Handle: @kailliehumphries

    We'll be watching record-breaking Kaillie Humphries (she's won back-to-back Olympic gold medals in her sport) this year to see if lightning can strike a third time for the speedy bobsleigh pilot. 
  • 6/17

    Rachel Homan

    Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
    Sport: Curling
    Handle: @team_homan

    Rachel Homan (second from right) makes her Olympic debut after leading her curling team to gold during the 2017 world championships—Canada's first women's title at the competition since 2008.
  • 7/17

    Gabrielle Daleman

    Hometown: Newmarket, Ontario
    Sport: Figure Skating
    Handle: @gabby_daleman

    When Gabrielle Daleman made her first Olympic appearance in Sochi at 16, she was the youngest member of Team Canada. Now 20 years old, the skater is fresh off of a bronze-medal win at the 2017 World Championships. 
  • 8/17

    Sarah Nurse

    Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario 
    Sport: Ice Hockey
    Handle: @nursey16

    Twenty-three-year-old Sarah Nurse is no stranger to gold: she was part of Team Canada's winning Under-18 Women's World Championship team in 2013. PyeongChang marks her first Olympics.
  • 9/17

    Elizabeth Hosking

    Hometown: Longueuil, Quebec
    Sport: Snowboard 
    Handle: @elizabethhosking

    Elizabeth Hosking knew she wanted to win an Olympic medal when she was just 10 years old. Now at the ripe old age of 16, the snowboarder will see if she can make her dreams a reality.
  • 10/17

    Alex Gough

    Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
    Sport: Luge
    Handle: @agough87

    Alex Gough is a Canadian luge veteran – this is her fourth Olympics. After finishing fourth in Sochi (the closest she's ever come to the podium) we're crossing our fingers that she'll finally take home gold.
  • 11/17

    Dahria Beatty

    Hometown: Whitehorse, Yukon
    Sport: Cross-country Skiing
    Handle: @dahriabeatty

    Dahria Beatty has been competing internationally since 2009, helping the Canadian women's relay team reach their best result at the world championships since 2001. PyeongChang is her first Olympic appearance. 
  • 12/17

    Valérie Maltais

    Hometown: Saguenway, Quebec
    Sport: Short-track Speed Skating
    Handle: @vale077

    PyeongChang marks Valérie Maltais's third Olympic Games. The 27-year-old, who started speed skating in 1996, won a silver medal as part of the 3000m relay team in Sochi.
  • 13/17

    Phylicia George

    Hometown: Markham, Ontario
    Sport: Bobsleigh
    Handle: @phyliciageorge

    Olympic enthusiasts may recognize Phylicia George as a member of Canada's track and field team. This year, the 30-year-old athlete makes her Winter Games debut, competing with Kaillie Humphries as a bobsledder.
  • 14/17

    Marie-Philip Poulin

    Hometown: Beauceville, Quebec
    Sport: Ice Hockey
    Handle: @pou29

    Hockey fans will be keeping a close eye on Marie-Philip Poulin (third from the left) during these games. Not only was the 26-year-old Canada's leading scorer in Sochi, she also got the winning goal against the U.S. in the gold medal match.
  • 15/17

    Jane Channell

    Hometown: North Vancouver, B.C.
    Sport: Skeleton
    Handle: @j.channell

    Jane Channell (right) knew she had to try the sport back in 2002 when she was watching the event with her grandfather and he turned to her and said, "They're crazy!" This is her first Olympics.
  • 16/17

    Calynn Irwin

    Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
    Sport: Snowboard
    Handle: @caleventures

    Calynn Irwin, 28, has been competing internationally since she was just 16 years old. (She comes from a skiing family, so no wonder.) This is her Olympic debut.
  • 17/17

    Dara Howell

    Hometown: Huntsville, Ontario
    Sport: Freestyle Skiing - Slopestyle
    Handle: @darahowell

    Twenty-three-year-old Dara Howell put on her first pair of skis at just 18 months old (nbd). After winning gold in Sochi, she took a break from the sport, but we're excited she's back and ready to compete in PyeongChang.
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