OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Skate Canada officially announced the eight athletes and four coaches that will represent Team Canada in figure skating at the Youth Olympic Winter Games in Lausanne, Switzerland from January 9-22, 2020.
Skaters qualified for the team based on their performances during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.
2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games – Figure Skating Team:
|Aleksa Rakic||Men’s singles||Burnaby, BC|
|Catherine Carle||Women’s singles||Georgetown, ON|
|Brooke Mcintosh & Brandon Toste||Pairs||Toronto, ON/Mississauga, ON|
|Natalie D’Alessandro & Bruce Waddell||Ice dance||Toronto, ON/Toronto, ON|
|Miku Makita & Tyler Gunara||Ice dance||Anmore, BC/Burnaby, BC|
“We’re very excited about our figure skating team going into the 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games,” said Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada. “We have no doubt that our skaters in Lausanne will make us proud. Canada will be cheering them on as they head into the Games.”
“We’ve been aiming for the Youth Olympics for over a year now and it’s crazy to believe it’s already here,” said Natalie D’Alessandro and Bruce Waddell, junior ice dance team. “We’ve followed the amazing preparations for Lausanne 2020 on social media and are excited to be a part of this experience representing Canada. We are extremely proud to be team members of Canada’s next generation for this new decade!”
“Our NextGen athletes have been focused on training for the Youth Olympic Winter Games and we are proud to have a strong team representing Team Canada in Lausanne,” said Andre Bourgeois, NextGen Director, Skate Canada. “All our skaters are solid contenders and we are looking forward to hitting the ice at the Games.”
2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games – Figure Skating Coaches:
|Andrew Evans||Coach||Toronto, ON|
|Andrew Hallam||Coach||Toronto, ON|
|Aaron Lowe||Coach||Vancouver, BC|
|Manon Perron||Coach||Boucherville, QC|
The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) are an elite sporting event for young people from all over the world. The Games are aimed at bringing together talented young teenage athletes from around the world. Like the Olympic Games, the YOG are held every four years. The first winter edition was held in Innsbruck, Austria in 2012.
The YOG is distinct from other youth sports competitions, as they also include a series of educational activities with three areas of focus: protecting the athletes, working on performance, and assisting the athletes outside sport.