Chan and Kings­bury go for first gold

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - DONNA SPENCER

The 2018 Pey­ongchang Olympics open a year from Thurs­day. Here is a look at some Cana­dian ath­letes to watch head­ing into Games: TED-JAN BLOE­MEN A trans­planted Dutch­man now com­pet­ing for Canada’s long­track speed­skat­ing team, Bloe­men set a world record in the 10,000 me­tres af­ter don­ning the Maple Leaf. He’s also a pow­er­ful ad­di­tion to the men’s pur­suit team. PA­TRICK CHAN Olympic gold in men’s sin­gles has eluded Canada’s top male fig­ure skater over the years. The 26year-old from Toronto must up his quadru­ple-jump quo­tient to up­grade from sil­ver in 2014. JUSTINE DUFOUR-LA­POINTE The 22-year-old Mon­trealer is ramp­ing up for a run at a sec­ond straight gold in women’s moguls. Dufour-La­pointe and sil­ver-win­ning sis­ter Chloe pro­vided Canada’s most touch­ing mo­ment of 2014 in their 1-2 fin­ish. CHARLES HAMELIN Owner of Olympic gold medals in the 500 and 1,500 me­tres and re­lay, the 32-year-old short-track speed­skater from Sainte-Julie, Que., wants to com­plete the set with a 1,000-me­tre win. ALEX HAR­VEY The 28-year-old cross-coun­try skier from Saint-Ferreol-lesNeiges, Que., has the goods to be­come the first Cana­dian man to win a cross-coun­try medal and be the dif­fer­ence-maker in a re­lay medal. KAIL­LIE HUMPHRIES The 31-year-old bob­sled pi­lot from Cal­gary goes for her third gold in as many Games. MIKAEL KINGS­BURY The 24-year-old moguls skier from Deux-Mon­tagnes, Que., has won ev­ery­thing there is to win in his sport sev­eral times over, ex­cept an Olympic gold. He was run­nerup to now-re­tired team­mate Alex Bilodeau in 2014. MARK McMOR­RIS The snow­boarder is a double medal threat with the in­tro­duc­tion of the Big Air event. A slopestyle bronze medal­list in 2014, the Regina boarder bounced back from a bro­ken fe­mur in 2016 and is back on his epic game. MARIE-PHILIP POULIN The 25-year-old women’s hockey for­ward from Beauceville, Que., is a gold-medal gamer scor­ing a com­bined four goals, in­clud­ing an over­time win­ner, in the last two women’s Olympic fi­nals. MARIELLE THOMP­SON Ms. Con­sis­tency in the el­bow­sup, first-to-the-line sport of ski­cross, the 24-year-old from Whistler, B.C., aims to be­come the first woman to win back-to-back gold.

RICK BOWMER, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Mikael Kings­bury will be look­ing for his first Olympic gold medal in Pey­ongchang.

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