Canadian skaters gunning for four Olympic medals

Patrick Chan speaks after being named to Canada's Olympic team at the Canadian Figure Skating...

Patrick Chan speaks after being named to Canada's Olympic team at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships in Ottawa on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:16 PM ET

OTTAWA - The Canadian Olympic figure skating team was formally announced on Sunday, and after the usual saccharine speeches delivered by the usual political wind-bags, Skate Canada high-performance director Michael Slipchuk got down to the nitty-gritty.

Slipchuk said he expects Canada to win at least three medals in Sochi — which would tie the previous team high set in 1988 in Calgary — and possibly break the record with four. Led by world champions Patrick Chan in men’s singles and Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir in the dance, Canada is sending one of its strongest teams ever to Russia.

“We’ve said all along it would be three, including the team event. But do we have the potential to possibly get more? Yes,” said Slipchuk. “But we don’t want to set a number that is possibly unattainable and also puts undo pressure on skaters that don’t need to feel that burden.


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