The world will be focused on Sochi this Friday when the 2014 Winter Olympics get underway. Athletes from across Canada have been training hard for years for the opportunity to earn a coveted spot on a medal podium, and many of those athletes have ties to the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area.

Here’s a look at some of the hometown heroes who will be representing us in Russia:

Athlete: Jesse Lumsden
Sport: Bobsleigh
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alta
Hometown: Burlington, ON

Athlete: Tim Randall
Sport: Bobsleigh
Birthplace: Hamilton, ON
Hometown: Burlington, ON

Athlete: Steven Stamkos
Sport: Ice Hockey
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON
Hometown: Unionville, ON

Athlete: PK Subban
Sport: Ice Hockey
Birthplace: Toronto, ON
Hometown: Toronto, ON

Athlete: Rick Nash
Sport: Ice Hockey
Birthplace: Toronto, ON
Hometown: Toronto, ON

Athlete: Laura Fortino
Sport: Women’s Hockey
Birthplace: Hamilton, ON
Hometown: Hamilton, ON

Athlete: Natalie Spooner
Sport: Women’s Hockey
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON
Hometown: Scarborough, ON

Athlete: Jennifer Wakefield
Sport: Women’s Hockey
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON
Hometown: Pickering, ON

Athlete: Gillian Apps
Sport: Women’s Hockey
Birthplace: North York, ON
Hometown: Unionville, ON

Athlete: Caleb Flaxey
Sport: Women’s Hockey
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON
Hometown: Caledon, ON

Athlete: Kirsten Wall
Sport: Women’s Hockey
Birthplace: Milton, ON
Hometown: Milton, ON

Athlete: Patrick Chan
Sport: Figure Skating
Birthplace: Ottawa, ON
Hometown: Toronto, ON

Athlete: Derek Livingston
Sport: Snowboard
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON
Hometown: Aurora, ON

Athlete: Katie Tsuyuki
Sport: Snowboard
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON
Hometown: Toronto, ON

Athlete: Jake Holden
Sport: Snowboard
Birthplace: Halton Hills, ON
Hometown: Caledon, ON

Athlete: Marianne Leeson
Sport: Snowboard
Birthplace: Burlington, ON
Hometown: Burlington, ON

Athlete: Brad Martin
Sport: Snowboard
Birthplace: Hamilton, ON
Hometown: Ancaster, ON

Athlete: Michael Lambert
Sport: Snowboard
Birthplace: Toronto, ON
Hometown: Toronto, ON

Athlete: Matthew Morison
Sport: Snowboard
Birthplace: Oshawa, ON
Hometown: Burketon, ON

Athlete: Trevor Philp
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Birthplace: Toronto, ON
Hometown: Calgary, Alta

Athlete: Phil Brown
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Birthplace: Toronto, ON
Hometown: Toronto, ON

Athlete: Erin Mielzynski
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Birthplace: Brampton, ON
Hometown: Guelph, ON

Athlete: Brittany Webster
Sport: Cross country skiing
Birthplace: Toronto, ON
Hometown: Caledon, ON

Athlete: Travis Gerrits
Sport: Freestyle skiing
Birthplace: Milton, ON
Hometown: Milton, ON

Athlete: Lenny Valjas
Sport: Skiing Nordic Combined
Birthplace: Toronto, ON
Hometown: Toronto, ON

Athlete: Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes
Sport: Ski Jumping
Birthplace: Toronto, ON
Hometown: Calgary, Alta