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Patrick Chan tightens up his skates during a practice session at the 2018 Canadian National Skating Championships in Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.


Are you superstitious?

We put the question to some of Canada's top Olympians who are heading to next month's Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

From neck-cracking and meditation to Beyonce and peanut butter here some of their answers:

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Figure skater Gabrielle Daleman: "My pre-competition ritual I always do is when I warm up I run and find a spot where no one else is. I listen to my favourite song and I literally start lip-syncing and dancing."

Luger Sam Edney: "My superstition is I put my right glove on first. I don't even know if I'm conscious of it now. It just happens. I don't even try to put the left one on first."

Alpine skier Dustin Cook: "I pretty much wear the same pair of long johns every single race for the last three years. They only get worn 20 times a year."

Snowboarder Spencer O'Brien: "I always crack my neck before I drop in and adjust my helmet. I haven't quite kicked this one, but I spit, which they always catch on camera."

Figure skater Tessa Virtue: "In this comeback, I sort of decided to forgo all my superstitions. I was a little crazy about that before. I used to be very particular about how my guards were place on the boards. I still tie my left skate first."

Figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond: "I used to always drink orange juice before I competed. I used to always re-tie my skates twice when I came back from injuries. I guess the feeling of knowing my skates were super-tight made me feel comfortable. Now, not so much. I didn't want to get stuck in routine. I'm scared of addiction, so I didn't want to get addicted to any superstitions. Now I try to change things up at every competition."

Luger Kim McRae: "I try and stay away from superstitions because I find they can, if something goes wrong, let's say you have favourite animal and you bring it to the track with you and you forget it, then you're kind of rattled. I try to change up my routine a little bit every time. Just to kind of bring myself into a space where I can be versatile."

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Figure skater Patrick Chan: "An old one is I always tie my right skate before my left. Part of this whole new approach mentally into skating and competing is throwing that concept of superstitions out the window because I think it's ridiculous. It just feeds a certain emotion in your own mind that you need to rely on outside factors to give you a better chance."

Skeleton racer Mirela Rahneva: "I would always go for a drive or a walk or some sort of clearing-of-head moment, playing my favourite music and rolling the windows down and cranking the heat because it's the middle of winter. Just taking in where I am, being grounded into the moment and just getting some calm and clarity before the race."

Hockey player Natalie Spooner: "I always put my left equipment on before my right. So my left shin pad, my left skate, my left elbow pad. If I don't put on my left stuff first, I feel a little off."

Hockey player Emily Clark: "I'm really close with my family so I like to either call or text my parents the day of the game. I usually like to get a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in at some point in time. I tape my stick before every game."

Hockey player Sarah Nurse: "I just like listening to Beyonce before games. It gets me really pumped up."

Snowboarder Max Parrot: "I don't have any rituals and I don't want to have one. I don't want to believe in that. I want to keep it simple, having fun and keeping it more relaxed."

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Bobsled pilot Justin Kripps: "Meditation has become a big part of my pre-race routine and my daily life routine. I make sure I find some time to get in the right head space and that helps me get in the zone for when I race."

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