While most of Canada follows the 2018 Winter Olympic Games on TV, a select number of University of Toronto alumni and staff will be in South Korea in person representing Canada at the Games.
Paul Poirier is one of 17 figure skaters on the national team competing at the Games. Poirier completed a BA in linguistics at U of T and skated for the Varsity Blues for one season, winning the gold medal in the men's open free skate at the 2012 OUA championship and helping U of T to a bronze-medal finish. Along with partner Piper Gilles, Poirier will represent Canada in the ice dance. This will be the second Olympic berth for the Unionville, Ont., native after he represented Canada in 2010 at the Vancouver Games.
Paul Poirier and Piper Gilles showcase their routine before heading out to the Winter Games in Pyeongchang (video by Raquel Russel)
Former Varsity Blues rugby player Heather Moyse earned her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto in 2007. She will be representing Canada in bobsleigh. Moyse won her second straight Olympic bobsleigh gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, after winning bobsleigh gold at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver and making history with pilot Kaillie Humphries, as the first Canadian women to win Olympic bobsleigh gold.
Heather Moyse marching in the Olympics 2010 parade in Montreal (photo by Flickr user Anirudh Koul)
U of T’s David L. MacIntosh Sport Medicine Clinic will have two staff members at the Games supporting the Canadian team: Marcel Charland and Lee Schofield.
Finally, KPE graduate and former Varsity Blues waterpolo player Breanna Gadzosa is also at the Winter Games, taking in the sights and sounds in preparation for a master's degree in international relations. Click here to read Gadzosa’s report about the protests and jubilations on the streets of Pyeongchang after the North/South Korean women's hockey team debut.
Back in Toronto, KPE faculty and staff will be on standby to provide their expertise and commentary on all aspects of the Olympic Games, from keeping our faith in the Games to supporting our athletes and more. Come back and visit our website throughout the Games for insightful media quotes and Q and As with our experts.