Three Calgarians headed to Sochi Olympics for speed skating
The announcement of the 2014 Olympic speed skating team took place Tuesday at the Olympic Oval.
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Photos courtesy of Allison Drinnan
Published on January 27, 2014
Long-track speed skating coach Bart Schouten speaks with athlete Denny Morrison before the official announcement of the 2014 Canadian Olympic long-track speed skating team on Tuesday.
Denny Morrison, Lucas Makowsky and Mathieu Giroux chat as they do some early-morning training at the Olympic Oval in Calgary before the morning press conference to announce the long-track speed skating team.
Athlete Muncef Ouardi, from Quebec City, takes a break after doing several laps around the Olympic Oval. He looks on as his fellow long-track teammates get ready for Sochi 2014.
Team Canada jackets are carefully laid out before being presented to the official long-track speed skating team with only 15 days left until the 2014 Olympics officially begin.
France St-Louis, the Sochi 2014 Canadian Olympic team assistant chef de mission, leads the crowd at the press conference in a chant of "go Canada go." St-Louis was a member of the 1998 Canadian women's Olympic hockey team when they won a silver medal.
Mathieu Giroux receives his Olympic team jacket from Gene Edworthy, a board member of the Canadian Olympic Committee. Giroux won a Gold medal in team pursuit at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.
Denny Morrison takes a well-deserved "selfie" after he accepts his team Canada jacket.
Hometown hero Kaylin Irvine stands with fellow Calgarian Gilmore Junio (right) and Edmontonian Jamie Gregg (left). All three were named as part of Canada's long-track speed skating team and are set to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
Calgarian Gilmore Junio answers questions from a group of reporters after the official announcement. Members of his family — including Uncles Eddie Tantay (left) and Rey Tantay (right), and niece Mayel Tantay — watch with pride.
Brittany Schussler, from Winnipeg, addresses the crowd while coaches Todd McClements (right) and Bart Schouten (left) listen on.