Canada announces Olympic bobsleigh, skeleton teams

Watch live now as Team Canada reveals its Olympic bobsleigh and skeleton teams for the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Canada is sending its largest-ever contingent of sliders to the Olympics, having secured three sleds each in the men’s two and four-man events and the women’s two-man event, plus six skeleton berths (three women and three men).

Kaillie Humphries, fresh off her fourth overall World Cup title, is looking to earn her third-consecutive Olympic gold medal. Phylicia George and Melissa Lotholz alternated as her brakemen this season.

Heather Moyse, who won back-to-back golds with Humphries, came out of retirement in September to push with pilot Alysia Rissling, who finished fifth in the overall World Cup standings.

Men’s pilot Justin Kripps won his first overall World Cup title last week with brakemen Alexander Kopacz and Jesse Lumsden pushing him this season. Kripps also finished one point shy of bronze in the four-man World Cup circuit.

Elisabeth Vathje was Canada’s top skeleton athlete this season, earning her first Crystal Globe with a third-place finish in the overall World Cup standings. This marked the third year in a row that a Canadian woman finished third overall on the skeleton circuit, with Mirela Rahneva and Jane Channell previously achieving the feat.

The designs for the bobsleigh and skeleton sleds will also be revealed on Wednesday, according to a release from the Canadian Olympic Committee.The Games run from Feb. 9-25.

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