Athlete Profile

Jeff Pain, 31, of Calgary enters the Olympics as a strong medal contender, having recently finished the World Cup season fourth in the points standings. He's the top-ranked Canadian skeleton racer.

Pain, a former high jumper, took up skeleton after failing at making his mark in bobsleigh. He has been consistently on the podium in World Cup events over the last three years. Pain finished fifth last year on the track at Park City in Salt Lake, the Olympic venue. He says he knows what to expect this time around.

"It's a good track for me," he said recently. "It's flat in the middle, which my [relatively heavy] weight helps with.

"I'm very optimistic of my chances."