According to the Canadian Press, figure skater Piper Gilles officially became a Canadian citizen on Tuesday meaning that she is eligible to compete for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Gilles is an ice dancer from Rockford, Illinois. Gilles and her partner Paul Poirier of Ottawa, Ontario won a silver medal at the 2013 Canadian Figure Skating Championships in Mississauga, Ontario, and are favoured to grab the third ice dancing spot that is available. The 2014 Canadian Figure Skating Championships will ironically take place in Poirier's hometown of Ottawa.
Gilles was able to apply for citizenship a little bit more expediently than others because her mother and grandmother are both Canadian.
In a brilliant piece of sports journalism, Chris Zelkovich of Yahoo! Sports, discusses the hypocritical Canadian sports fan, and argues that the Canadian sports fan who praises athletes like Gilles for becoming Canadian, should be less critical of Canadian-born athletes who join another nation's Olympic program.