The best in Canadian figure skating faced off in the Canadian championships this past weekend where the line-up for Sochi was decided. Headliners Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond and Ice Dance pair Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were only four of the 17 skaters nominated to Team Canada. With such a large team how many medals can we expect from Team Canada in Sochi?
Three-time reigning world champion Chan certainly has a resume that speaks for itself. He won his seventh consecutive Canadian men's title Saturday and has broken world records for short program, long program and overall scores. He has had a great season and will look to improve on his 2010 Olympic fifth-place finish in Vancouver.
Virtue and Moir are the reigning Olympic ice dance champions looking to capture gold once again for Canada. The biggest obstacle in their way comes in the form of American pair Meryl Davis and Charlie White, their rivals who have been battling back and forth with the Canadians for the top of the podium all season.
18-year-old Osmond has struggled with injury since withdrawing from Skate Canada in November. She returned to competition this weekend and did not disappoint. The two-time Canadian women's champion flashed the judges her infectious smile while showing no signs of rust from her time off.
Canada will be well represented at Sochi and is filled with many other talented skaters hungry for success in the men's and women's singles, pairs and ice dance competitions.
By qualifying 17 skaters Canada is the top ranked team in the new Olympic team competition. They will have one entry in each of the eight contests in the team event. All of the athletes' totals scores will be added together to decide the victors. This new event gives each competing nation one more chance to reach the podium.
In the Olympic Games anything can happen. But how many medals can we expect from Team Canada in Sochi?
As always, it's Your! Call.