The Olympic Games is the culmination of years of preparation for the competing athletes.
It’s also a great place to up your Insta-game.
Here are 12 Canadian athletes competing at PyeongChang 2018 to follow on Instagram.
1. Tessa Virtue (Figure skating)
Hometown: London, ON
A gold medallist from Vancouver 2010, she along with ice dance partner Scott Moir were chosen as Canada’s flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony.
2. Charles Hamelin (Short track speed skating)
Hometown: Sainte-Julie, QC
A three-time Olympic gold medallist, Canada fell in love with Charles Hamelin and his then-girlfriend (now-fiancée) Marianne St-Gelais at Vancouver 2010. St-Gelais is also a member of the short track team, and has won three Olympic silver medals in her career.
3. Gabrielle Daleman (Figure skating)
Hometown: Newmarket, ON
Gabrielle Daleman was just 16 years old when she made her Olympic debut in Sochi. A bronze medallist at the 2017 World Championships, she’s poised to challenge for a medal in PyeongChang.
The only thing more impressive? Her abs.
4. Patrick Chan (Figure skating)
Hometown: Toronto, ON
A two-time Olympic silver medalist, Patrick Chan is back after a one-year break from competitive skating. As you can see from the video above, he’s still got hops.
5. Kaillie Humphries (Bobsleigh)
Hometown: Calgary, AB
A back-to-back Olympic champion in women’s bobsleigh, Kaillie Humphries has more gold medals than most. She’s got more tattoos than most, too.
6. Mark McMorris (Snowboard)
Hometown: Regina, SK
Given that he’s from the land of flat ground in Saskatchewan, it’s amazing that Mark McMorris became an Olympic medallist in the sport of snowboarding. Also amazing? His performance in the new Olympic sport of Big Air.
7. Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Freestyle skiing)
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Hometown: Montréal, QC
Most parents are happy to raise one Olympic athlete. The Dufour-Lapointe family actually raised three, with all of them competing in the moguls competition four years ago.
Justine won gold, while Chloe took home silver.
8. Dara Howell (Freestyle skiing)
Hometown: Huntsville, ON
Dara Howell became the first-ever Olympic gold medallist in ski slopestyle four years ago in Sochi as a teenager. She’s taken some time off from skiing since then, but returns as a medal threat once again in PyeongChang.
9. Sébastien Toutant (Snowboarding)
Hometown: L’Assomption, QC
Sébastien Toutant won his first professional event when he was just 13. Thirteen! He’s looking for his first Olympic medal this year at age 25.
10. Elizabeth Hosking (Snowboarding)
Hometown: Longueuil, QC
Speaking of success at a young age, Elizabeth Hosking is the youngest Canadian at the Olympics this year at age 16.
11. Mikael Kingsbury (Freestyle skiing)
Hometown: Deux-Montagnes, Quebec
Mikael Kingsbury has done it all – even getting onto a Lucky Charms box – except win gold at the Olympics. He was edged out for gold by fellow Canadian Alex Bilodeau four years ago.
12. Natalie Spooner (Hockey)
Hometown: Scarborough, ON
Natalie Spooner won gold in her first Olympic Games four years ago as part of the Women’s hockey team. She wasn’t as successful in the Amazing Race Canada, where she was a runner-up with teammate Meaghan Mikkelson.