A little less than six months after the Tokyo Summer Olympics, the opening ceremonies for the XXIV Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China took place on February 4. Among the 2,900 athletes set to perform on the world’s biggest stage, there are eight athletes from the Montérégie region, all with their eyes on the podium.
Danaé Blais of Chateauguay will compete in the 1500 metre event in short track speed skating, scheduled for Feb. 16. She is also a member of the relay team, expected to compete on Feb. 9. This will be the first Olympic games for the 22-year-old skater, who made her debut on the world championship stage earlier this year.
Hockey player Mélodie Daoust, who hails from Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, is playing in her third Winter Games. The forward is looking to avenge her team’s loss to the Americans in the final during the 2018 Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Daoust was on the ice for the Canadian team’s first match against Switzerland on Feb. 3, but left the game with an upper-body injury in the second period. She says she hopes to get back on the ice as quickly as possible.
Laurence Fournier Beaudry of Greenfield Park will take part in the ice dance figure skating competition on Feb. 12 with partner Nikolaj Sorensen. The pair finished in eighth place at the 2021 World Championships and have finished on the podium at Grand Prix events in the run up to Beijing.
Longueil native Elizabeth Hosking took to the snowboarding halfpipe on Feb. 8 during the first rounds of qualification. The finals will take place on Wednesday. These are the second Olympic Games for the 20-year-old snowboarder.
Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Julie is a short track speed skating legend with five Olympic medals already to his name, including three gold. These will be his fifth and final Olympic Games. He took part in the mixed short track relay on Feb. 5, where a penalty against the Canadians kept them from winning a bronze medal. He took to the ice for his personal events events starting with the 1000 m on Feb. 5.
Known as the king of moguls, Saint-Lambert’s Mikaël Kingsbury won a silver medal in the freestyle super final on Feb. 5, finishing just behind Walter Wallberg of Sweden. Known for his modesty, the freestyle skier said he was proud of his performance and was happy to be bringing home a medal.
Zachary Lagha of Saint-Hubert and Marjorie Lajoie of Boucherville will be competing together in the ice dance figure skating competition. The pair will make their Olympic debut during the rhythmic dance on Feb. 12, with the free dance taking place the following day.
Mercier resident Simon Proulx-Sénécal may be Canadian-born, but he will compete for Armenia with partner Tina Garabedian in the ice dance figure skating competition. The pair have been skating together since 2015.