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Klassen, Shewfelt, rowing legends in 2014 Hall class.

Klassen, Shewfelt, rowing legends in 2014 Hall class.

By Asif Hossain

CALGARY – Cindy Klassen is among a stellar group of golden athletes announced as 2014 Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame Inductees.

Klassen, tied with Clara Hughes as the most decorated Canadian Olympian with six medals, is best remembered for reaching the podium five times at the Turin 2006 Olympic Winter Games, a Canadian single Games record.

The long track speed skater from Winnipeg also won a bronze at Salt Lake City 2002. Her Olympic career total is one gold, two silver and three bronze medals.

Joining Klassen in the Hall of Fame is Athens 2004 gold medallist Kyle Shewfelt. The gymnast made history in Greece by winning the first medal by a Canadian in an Olympic artistic gymnastics event. Shewfelt is from Calgary.

The gold medal winning men’s eight rowing team from Beijing 2008 will also be inducted. The team of Kevin Light, Ben Rutledge, Andrew Byrnes, Jake Wetzel, Malcolm Howard, Dominic Seiterle, Adam Kreek, Kyle Hamilton and Brian Price easily won their heat in Beijing before edging Great Britain for gold in the final.

Accompanying the athletes in various categories are Ralph Klein, Pat Quinn, Marcel Lacroix and Richard Garneau who will also be inducted with the 2014 class.

The 2014 Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame Gala and Induction Ceremony presented by RBC will be held in Calgary on the evening of June 6. It will be part of the Celebration of Excellence with events also taking place in Ottawa and Edmonton from June 4-6 and a parade in Calgary honouring Sochi 2014 athletes.

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By Asif Hossain

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