February 1st, 2018 Last Updated on: December 10th, 2019
The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held February 9-25 in PyeongChang. Four First Nations athletes will compete for Canada at the Olympic Games. They join a long list of Native athletes to compete at the Olympics.
Let's cheer on these indigenous athletes.
Brigette Lacquette (born November 10, 1992) is a Canadian ice hockey player for University of Minnesota Duluth and the Canadian national team. She participated in the 2015 IIHF Women's World Championship. In the autumn of 2015, Lacqutte joined the Calgary Inferno of the CWHL. In 2018, Lacquette became the first First Nations woman ever chosen for the Canadian women's Olympic hockey team.Appearing with the Calgary Inferno in the 2016 Clarkson Cup finals, Lacquette earned an assist as the Inferno emerged victorious in a convincing 8–3 final. In 2018, Lacquette became the first First Nations woman to join the Canadian women's Olympic hockey team, set to play defense at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Read More…
Rene Gary Wayne Bourque (born December 10, 1981) is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who is currently playing for Djurgårdens IF Hockey of the Swedish Hockey League. He most recently played for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL). An undrafted player, Bourque was signed by the Chicago Blackhawks as a free agent in 2004 and made his NHL debut in 2005–06. He spent three years in Chicago before a 2008 trade sent him to the Calgary Flames where he established himself as a key offensive player. He was traded to the Montreal Canadiens before stints with the Anaheim Ducks and Columbus Blue Jackets.Bourque is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where he played four seasons of hockey and served as a co-captain in his senior year. He turned professional in 2004 when he joined the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL). He won the Dudley “Red” Garrett Memorial Award as the league's rookie of the year in 2004–05 before beginning his NHL career. Bourque has played for the Canadian national team at the 2010 IIHF World Championship. Read More…
Spencer O’Brien (born February 2, 1988) is a Canadian snowboarder. She was born in Alert Bay, BC, and comes from an Aboriginal background. She won the gold medal in slopestyle at the 2013 FIS Snowboarding World Championships.O’Brien has also won five medals (one gold, one silver, three bronze) at the Winter X Games. She is one of only a few Olympians coming from Canadian First Nations. Belongs to Haida/Kwakwakw’wakw in British Columbia. Kolumbii. Spencer O'Brien has been credited as one of the world's top female snowboarders. She has acquired this title by achieving prestigious feats, such as in 2012 when she was declared the champion of the World Snowboard Tour. O'Brien grew up on the West Coast of Canada in Courtenay, BC a city on Vancouver Island. She started skiing when she was 2 years old, but then switched to snowboarding when she was 11. In 2008 O'Brien was voted Transworld’s Rookie of the Year. In 2017 Spencer won Bronze in the snowboarding slopestyle event at the Burton US Open in Vail, Colorado. Read More…
Kevin Koe (born January 11, 1975) is a Canadian curler. Koe is a two-time World champion and three-time Canadian champion. He will be the skip of the Canadian men's team at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Originally from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, he now resides in Calgary, Alberta, and curls out of The Glencoe Club. Koe skipped the Northwest Territories/Yukon team at the 1994 Canadian Junior Curling Championships. Koe's early career included skipping Team Alberta at the 2000 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship, with teammates Susan O'Connor, Greg Northcott and Lawnie Goodfellow. From 2003 to 2006 he played third for John Morris, with whom Koe would win his first Grand Slam event, the 2004 Players' Championship. The team played in the 2005 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials. Read More…
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