Today, Canada’s top figure skaters are set to impress the Olympic judges. Canadian competitors Patrick Chan and defending Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will use stunning visual displays to win the hearts of Canada and the world.
Even before figure skating or the Olympics, Canadian species have been winning the hearts of their partners through beautiful displays of song, dance and quirky talents.
Bronze Medal Winner – Jumping Spider
This small and fuzzy competitor wins Bronze for its fanciful leg work. With their eight legs, they do a linear dance, a zigzag dance, and even their own take on the can-can to impress their lady friends. If these ballroom skills aren’t impressive enough, they often leap into the air to avoid predators. These dancing sweethearts are sure to impress more than just interested females.
Silver Medal Winner – Red-necked Grebe
The silver medal goes to the Red-necked Grebe. This attractive avian goes all out to sweep their love interests off their little bird feet. Both male and females take part in complex mating rituals often mirroring each other’s movements. They are known to rush forward, side by side with an upright posture, presenting each other with plant pieces.
Gold Medal Winner – Hooded Seal
The male hooded seal takes the gold medal for its unusual ability to impress females by turning its nasal sac into a large heart-shaped balloon. Resembling a large red bubble of gum, hooded seals perform this romantic display on ice! Like their ice skating human counterparts, this talented species was born to be on ice. They are known to travel the ice between Canada and Russia and spend their lives following ice flows just like Polar Bears. Aspiring figure skaters, take note of that dedication. Hooded Seals are truly stars on ice!