Who’s most likely to win medals for Canada at the Youth Olympic Games?
Hockey, curling and luge athletes are the ones to watch
Canada won seven at the previous event in Norway in 2016, including three golds in mixed team curling, men's ski cross and women's singles luge.
Who will the big winners be this time around? Here are some of the top medal contenders:
1/ Men's hockey
U.S. players celebrated a decisive victory at the Youth Olympic Games in 2016, beating Canada 5-2. In 2020, the Canadians are hoping to be the ones celebrating when the final buzzer goes off. (Al Tielemans/YIS/IOC/Reuters)
When it comes to hockey, Canadians are always expected to bring home a medal — preferably a gold one.
Each country is only allowed to have one gender represented in the sport at the Youth Olympic Games, and the men's team is lacing up on behalf of Canada in 2020.
The men's team already has a pretty good track record at the event, having won bronze in 2012 and silver in 2016. Here's hoping the pattern continues in the right direction.
Canada's team brings together the top 15-year-old players from Eastern Canada, Quebec, Ontario and the West.
They'll face a tough test right off the top as they take on Russia in their first match of the tournament.
2/ Mixed curling
Team Canada's flag-bearer, Lauren Rajala, is one of four teens representing Canada in the mixed team event, alongside Emily Deschenes, from Greely, Ont., Jaedon Neuert, from Winnipeg, and Nathan Young, from Torbay, N.L. (Curling Canada/Infinite Eye Photography)
When Team Canada beat the U.S. to win curling gold in the mixed team event at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics, it set the stage for another high-intensity showdown in 2020.
Have no fear: the four talented teens who make up this year's team have experience under pressure.
They were some of the top performers at the 2019 Canada Winter Games and the 2019 Canadian Under-18 Championships.
The selection process for this team was intense.
Applicants were judged not only on their curling skills, but also their community leadership and academic achievement. (Not to mention their 500-word essays.)
The teammates come from four different parts of the country and have spent the last several months getting to know each other better, both on and off the ice.
3/ Women's doubles luge
In luge, athletes lie down on their backs and hurl down an icy chute on a tiny sled, reaching speeds of up to 140 km/h. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)
Canadian luge athletes are starting to make a name for themselves internationally, thanks in part to two talented sliders from Whistler, B.C.
Caitlin Nash and Natalie Corless burst onto the scene last winter when they topped the podium at the Youth World Cup.
They capped off the season by winning a trophy given to the top World Cup performers called the crystal globe.
And the duo made history at the Viessmann Luge World Cup in December, when they became the first all-woman double luge team in the history of the sport — at just 16 years of age.
Team Canada roster
- Sarah Brown, Ottawa
- Louis Latulippe, Quebec City
- Alice Marchessault, Ste-Anne-des-Lacs, Que.
- Mack Wood, Toronto
- Ethan Algra, Abbotsford, B.C.
- Finn Erik Berg, Calgary
- Lucas Sadesky, Vernon, B.C.
- Pascale Paradis, Calgary
- Jenna Sherrington, Calgary
- Naomi Walch, Calgary
- Colton Dagenais, Foster, Que.
- Emma Johnsen, Calgary
- Derek Deuling, Whitehorse
- Jasmine Drolet, Rossland, B.C.
- Liliane Gagnon, Shawinigan-Sud, Que.
- Sasha Masson, Whitehorse
- Emily Deschenes, Greely, Ont.
- Jaedon Neuert, Winnipeg
- Lauren Rajala, Garson, Ont.
- Nathan Young, Torbay, N.L.
- Catherine Carle, Georgetown, Ont.
- Natalie D'Alessandro, Toronto
- Tyler Gunara, Burnaby, B.C.
- Miku Makita, Anore, B.C.
- Brooke McIntosh, Toronto
- Aleksa Rakic, New Westminster, B.C.
- Brandon Toste, Mississauga, Ont.
- Bruce Waddell, Toronto
- Skye Clarke, West Vancouver
- Rylee Hackler, Calgary
- Steven Kahnert, Vancouver
- Andrew Longino, Calgary
- Emma Morozumi, Calgary
- Brayden Willmott, Collingwood, Ont.
- Justin Côté, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Que.
- Nathan Danielson, Red Deer, Alta.
- Dylan Ernst, Weyburn, Sask.
- Adamo Fantilli, Nobleton, Ont.
- Vincent Filion, Shawinigan, Que.
- Panayioti Fimin, Richmond Hill, Ont.
- Conor Geekie, Strathclair, Man.
- Cédrick Guindon, Rockland, Ont.
- Matt Jovanovic, Toronto
- Paul Ludwinski, Pickering, Ont.
- Tristan Luneau, Victoriaville, Que.
- Denton Mateychuck, Dominion City, Man.
- Mats Lindgren, North Vancouver
- Ty Nelson, Toronto
- Matt Savoie, St. Albert, Alta.
- Antonin Verreault, Mirabel, Ont.
- Noah Warren, St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que.
- Kailey Allan, Calgary
- Natalie Corless, Vancouver
- Caitlin Nash, Whistler, B.C.
Short track speed skating
- Florence Brunelle, Trois-Riviéres, Que.
- Félix Pigeon, Granby, Que.
- Hallie Clarke, Calgary
- Ryan Kuehn, Calgary
- Marie-Pier Brunet, Montreal
- Charlie Lang, Calgary
- Jack Morrow, Whistler, B.C.
- Sage Stefani, Rossland, B.C.
- Noah Rolseth, Calgary
- Stéphane Tremblay, Calgary
- Ema Chlepkova, Calgary
- Findlay Eyre, Calgary
- Tristan Bell, Aylmer, Que.
- Liam Brearley, Gravenhurst, Ont.
- William Buffey, Toronto
- Andie Gendron, Calgary
- Liam Gill, Calgary
- Kianah Hyatt, Calgary
- Kamilla Kozuback, Calgary
- Bridget MacLean, Halifax
- Juliette Pelchat, Whistler, B.C.
- Seth Strobel, Calgary
- Maxeen Thibeault, Montreal
- Jacob Walper, Calgary
CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this article we said Team Canada had won eight medals at the 2016 Winter Games. The correct medal count is seven. The bronze medal in the mixed National Olympic Committee (NOC) team figure skating event counts as only one medal even though two Canadian athletes were on the team.