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10 photos of Canadian Olympians loving life in Pyeongchang

By Ben Carney, Vincent Plana Feb 21, 2018 4:48 pm

Preparing for the Olympic Games is a process that requires nearly a lifetime of dedication.

Years of sweat, tears and sacrifice are given up in order to represent an athlete’s country at the highest possible stage.

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So once the competition is over, and all is said and done, what do you do? Well naturally, it’s an Olympian’s time for a well-earned break.

With the 2018 Winter Olympics coming to a close this weekend, many of Canada’s athletes have finished their respective events. So in an Olympic Village that’s full of modern comforts and a beautiful country to explore, what have they been getting up to?

With Team Canada’s quarters being split between a mountain village and a coastal village, some well-deserved time off has been spent exploring their surroundings away from the venue.

1. Eric Radford

Figure Skater Eric Radford visited the Canada Olympic House in Pyeongchang, which is also the tournament’s Pride House. Radford became the first openly gay athlete to win an Winter Olympic gold medal, when Canada won the team figure skating event.

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2. John Morris

Olympic Curler John Morris is loving the food options in Korea.

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3. Ted-Jan Bloeman

Long track speed skater Ted-Jan Bloeman hit the beach after his gold medal win, and didn’t hesitate to pull out the Usain Bolt pose.

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4. Mark McMorris

Snowboard bronze medalist Mark McMorris and this baby both looked equally stoked when Team Canada pushed through to the semi-finals in men’s hockey.

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5. Charles Hamelin

Short track speed skater Charles Hamelin did his best attempt at boy band album cover.

6. Valerie Maltais

Short track speed skater Valerie Maltais soaked up the sun on a beach in Gangneung with her boyfriend and fellow Team Canada speed skater Jordan Belchos.

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7. Macx Davies

Biathlete Macx Davies didn’t hesitate to soak up the culture by trying on some traditional Korean dress at the games.

8. Heather Moyse

Bobsledder Heather Moyse jumped for joy after she ran into Jay and Dan while roaming the streets of Gangneung.

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9. Cassie Sharpe

Gold medal winner Cassie Sharpe became a tourist attraction.

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Image: Cassie Sharpe / Instagram

10. Marianne St-Gelais

And Marianne St-Gelais celebrated a birthday!

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Vincent Plana
Attempts to put sriracha on just about everything. Constantly trying to juggle being both a Canucks and a Canadiens fan. On a journey to find Vancouver's best Banh Mi - suggestions welcome.
Ben Carney
Writer from England. Hobbies include skiing, cooking and listening to Kanye on repeat.

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