Saturday, February 24, 2024

Celebrating Valentines Day in the Olympic village: Pyeongchang

Olympic coverage presented by Sitka Law Group


Love is in the air today, no matter where you are in the world!

For our athletes in the Olympic village, it’s all the way in Pyeongchang – and they’re making the most of it.

Here are three “awww”-worthy Canadian couples competing in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games:

1. Denny and Josie Morrison: Long-Track Speed Skating

via Team Canada Olympics

As the only married couple on the Canadian Olympic team, these lovebirds are spending their Valentines Day in style at the Olympic Games.

They’ve had their fair share of adversity; Denny recently recovered from a life-changing motorcycle crash in 2015 and then suffered a stroke in 2016 before making this team. He has four previous Olympic medals, including a silver and bronze in Sochi 2014.


Josie earned her World Cup Bronze Medalist title in 2017 in the Netherlands. This is her debut as a member of the Canadian Olympic team.

For their Olympic campaigns in Pyeongchang, Denny finished in 13th place, however his comeback to be in racing shape is impressive. Josie finished 21st in her first games.




2. Charles Hamelin and Marianne St-Gelais – Short-Track Speed Skating

via Team Canada Olympics

According to the Huffington Post, these two revealed their relationship to the world in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, after Hamelin won his Olympic Gold in short-track speed skating. He went on to win another gold in the 2014 Games.

Solidifying their power couple status, St-Gelais also holds two silver medals from her time at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.


Unfortunately Hamelin had a rough start in the 1,500m race, but will have another shot at victory in the 1,000m.

St-Gelais, too, has faced some disappointment this time around, as she was disqualified for impeding a Dutch athlete. According to The National Post, she does not agree with the verdict. She does, however, have three more events to go, giving her plenty of opportunities to get back on the podium.


3. Eric Radford and Luis Fenero – Figure Skating

via Instagram

Although Fenero is Spanish and not competing in the Olympics this year (the Huffington Post has reported that the Spanish team is not competing in Ice Dancing at the Games), he trains in Montreal and is now in Pyeongchang supporting his fiancé, Radford.

Radford is the first openly gay athlete to win an Olympic gold. The Toronto Star reported that he wants to use his platform to “try to make things better” for members of the LGBTQ2 community. The pair got engaged last year.

Radford was part of the historic team that brought home Canada’s first gold medal in the history of team figure skating.



Rachel Francois
Runner, writer, yogi, coffee enthusiast and Olympic writer for Victoria Buzz.

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