Top Olympic Athletes to Keep a Look Out for in the 2010 Games

The Olympic Games brings together elite athletes from around the world in a competition of athletic competence and skill. Watch as athletes put years of hard work and training to the test and contend for Olympic glory, triumph and of course a spot on the podium. Find out here about the key Olympic athletes you should keep an eye out for in 2010 and discover why they are deemed the favourites in their event.

Team Canada – Hockey
There is not one hockey team that outshines the amount of talent and motivation that is within the Canadian National Hockey team. As No.1 seed for the 2010 Olympics, there is no doubt Team Canada is the team to beat. With lines consisting of outstanding NHL stars such as Sidney Crosby, Jarome Iginla and Chris Pronger, Canada is putting up a tough fight in 2010. The performance level of Team Canada in may be even higher in 2010 as players are determined to win gold on Canadian soil.

Tatjana Hüfner – Germany – Luge
Tatjana Hüfner is considered the queen of German lugers. In the 2006 Turin Games, she earned an Olympic bronze at just 23 years old. In 2008, she earned the overall title and in 2007-08 she claimed the back-to-back winner of the World Luge Championships. She proved that she wasn’t ready to slow down yet when she took gold in five of the first seven races of the 2008-09 World Cup season. In 2010, all eyes will be locked on Tatjana!

Patrick Chan – Canada – Figure Skating
Toronto-born, Patrick Chan is the one to beat in 2010 for men’s Singles Figure Skating. Chan placed 2nd in both the 2007 World Championships in Germany and the 2009 World Championships in California. His 1st place victory at the Four Continents Championships in Vancouver (2009), as well as 1st place standings in the Trophée Eric Bompard in Paris (2008) and Skate Canada in Ottawa (2008) will have a lot of people looking his way in 2010. Chan’s competitive history reveals that he is a serious contender for spot on the 2010 Olympic podium.

Thomas Morgenstern – Austria – Ski Jumping
Thomas took his first ski jumps at the tender age of ten years old and has since obtained a flourishing career as a professional ski jumper. Winning his first world cup event at 15 years old, he continued to strive for success with two gold medals at the 205 nordic ski world championships and two gold medals at the Turin 2006 Olympic Games. Morgenstern completed the 2007-08 season with a staggering ten wins and took the world cup title with five events remaining. Coming into the Vancouver 2010 Games, Morgenstern is likely to be one of the most exhilarating competitors.

Mellisa Hollingsworth – Canada – Skeleton
This rodeo-enthusiast from Alberta has 13 years of experience in skeleton competition and has won major international skeleton events from all over the world – including a bronze at the 2006 Olympics in Turin. Mellisa is the first Canadian woman in history to win a medal for the sport of skeleton, she has also won the overall World Cup title in 2005-06 season and completed third in 2008. In 2009, she proves she’s still got it with two succeeding medals at the World Cup.

Devon O?Malley is a staff writer for AlluraDirect, a vacation rentals website offering powerful search and instant booking features for owners and guests alike. Don?t miss out on the excitement of the Whistler Olympics, accommodations are still available. Reserve now and secure your booking!

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