Only one more sleep until the 2014 Sochi opening ceremony! You may be tuning in on Friday, February 7th at 11:00ET, but what is your social media game plan?
As our Canadian athletes prepare to make us proud and we revisit our fond memories of Vancouver, we are pleased to share our 10 to Follow list of B.C. personalities at the games to keep your Twitter feed full of the best commentary and insights.
Ashleigh McIvor (@ashleighmcivor)
Born in Vancouver and now living in Whistler, Ashleigh is known for her gold medal shiny performance in the Vancouver games. McIvor will be the keynote speaker and CBC analyst covering the Sochi games.
Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur)
Stay on top of all the latest sports action with this National Post sports columnist, a University of British Columbia graduate. Originally from Vancouver, Bruce joined the Post in 2001 as a sports reporter in Toronto. You can read his games coverage across the Postmedia network.
Cam Cole (@rcamcole)
Words to gold: this leading National Post and Vancouver Sun sports columnist won the Sports Media Canada award in 2004 as Canada’s sportswriter of the year. The world’s games will be well covered as this inductee of the Canadian Football Reporter Hall of Fame has written from more than 23 countries over the course of his career.
Jamie Benn (@jamiebenn14)
He may be a forward for the Dallas Stars but this 2012 NHL all-star will be cutting the ice with the Canadian Men’s Hockey Team. Perhaps this time, the nephew of great Canadian golfer Dave Barr will score the golden goal?
Kelsey Serwa (@kelseyserwa)
When one is already skiing at the age of two, and your grandfather is the co-founder of B.C.’s popular Big White Ski Resort, it’s no wonder that your country stands behind you as you head to Sochi with eyes on the podium. This Kelowna B.C. champion won’t let a few past injuries dampen her hopes.
Marielle Thompson (@BigAirMar)
Whistler pristine ski hills may be her playground to train, but you can bet she will be all determination and power when this Canadian Ski Cross Athlete takes centre stage. Marielle has earned the consideration of being one of Canada’s best at the games this year, a result of winning the first Crystal Globe at the World Cup as a Canadian athlete in 2012, and silver medals at both the World Cup in Sochi and the 2013 FIS World Championships.
Matt Margetts (@MattMargetts)
Reach high – not just on the half-pipe ski slope, but also in the Twitter-verse. This B.C. based freestyle skiier reached big when he used social media to help raise $20,000 to fund his trip to the games. As the first athlete in his competition to land a “double cork 900”, he’s already a winner in our eyes.
Roberto Luongo (@strombone1)
Looooouuuuuuuuu! He may be trying to hide behind his goalie mask, and his “anonymous” Twitter handle, but we’re thrilled this No.1 Vancouver Canuck goalie will be defending Team Canada’s hockey net once again. An all-star athlete with a 2010 gold medal in hand, he has been named NHL All-Star four times and was the 2011 William Jennings Trophy winner.
Spencer O’Brien (@spencerobrien)
A Courtenay B.C. raised snowboarder, she’s had a passion for shredding the slopes since she was 11 years old. A few slopestyle FIS World Championships and Winter X games medals under her belt, here’s hoping her debut in Sochi will bring her a lucky gold.
Steve Podborski (@stevepod)
You may know him as the “Crazy Canuck” who was the only North American to win the 1982 World Cup title in downhill skiing. Today, he is the Chef de Mission for Sochi 2014, another honour that he can add to a long list: Officer of the Order of Canada in 1982 and an induction into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1985, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1987, the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame in 1988, and the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.