The 2018 Olympic Winter Games are officially underway. Let the games begin!
Team Canada, led by flag bearers and ice dance stars Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, confidently marched into the frigid PyeongChang Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony early Friday morning. Looking excited and hopeful, the team of 225 athletes looked cozy and confident donning custom outfits by Hudson's Bay. Each wore a bold, red parka with Canada emblazoned across the chest as well as a pom-pom toque and Canada mittens.
"Our goal was to ignite the country’s Olympic spirit and maintain our position as one of the best-dressed teams at the Olympic Winter Games,” Alison Coville, president of Hudson’s Bay, said of the outfits in a statement. “The Opening Ceremony is that first moment when the team comes together as one and we wanted to give our athletes a look that made them feel ready to perform on the world stage and proud to wear the Maple Leaf. These uniforms embody Canadian cool and will have the entire nation cheering them on over the coming weeks."
Over the next two weeks, the country's athletes will compete against 92 other nations in various winter sports, including hockey, figure skating, snowboarding and more. Many estimate Team Canada will win upwards of 30 medals, which would break the country's record haul of 26 from Vancouver 2010.
In a recent interview with Sportsnet, Tessa, 28, and Scott, 30, both discussed their excitement about joining Team Canada for another Olympics. They told the outlet this year's roster of contenders is "very strong."
"There are so many Olympic moments that resonate with people all across Canada, and I think that’s the beauty of it," said Tessa. "We’re just one of those stories and we’re grateful for the support we’ve received."
Scott added: "What’s so powerful is that we’re just part of something bigger than us... I really can’t wait to see what happens in 2018."