Patrick Chan

Patrick Chan

Call him skating’s version of the GR8 Eight. Making his comeback after a one-year- hiatus, Patrick didn’t miss a step, claiming his eighth Canadian championship in Halifax two months ago. Patrick joins Brian Orser with eight national titles, one behind Montgomery Wilson, and heads to Boston in search of his fourth world title. He was simply dominant in the free program at the Four Continents championship in February, roaring back from fifth spot to take gold, and marked his return to the competitive scene with a win at Skate Canada International in October.

DID YOU KNOW: In the summer of 2015, Patrick launched his own ice wine named, not surprisingly, “On Ice.” Looking to the future, the eight-time Canadian champion – who is fluent in English, French and Cantonese – plans to pursue a B.A. in Economics, Business and International Language.

FUN FACT: Prior to his comeback, Patrick took up skydiving after Joannie Rochette, an accomplished skydiver herself, talked him into it. “I was very scared,” says Patrick with a laugh. “I contemplated life, but it was worth it.”

Nam Nguyen

Nam Nguyen

OK, so his title defense at the 2016 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships didn’t go as planned, as Nam ended up fourth. But don’t be surprised if the youngster bounces back in Boston. It’s only been a year since Nam was in ninth spot after the short program at the world figure skating championships before laying down a near-flawless free to rocket up to fifth.

Canadian silver medallist Liam Firus pulled out of worlds with an injury, so the 2014 world junior champion gets his chance to make up for his disappointment in Halifax.

Long before stealing the show at the 2011 Canadian junior championships in Victoria, B.C., Nam was on a fast-track to stardom. During the figure skating gala at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, men’s gold medallist Evan Lysacek introduced the then-11-year-old, who went on to dazzle the capacity crowd at Pacific Coliseum.

DID YOU KNOW: In Japan, Nam and reigning Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu – who both train under Brian Orser at Toronto’s Cricket Club – are known as the “Cricket Brothers.”

FUN FACT: Nam claims to be able to put 21 marshmallows in his mouth at once.