OTTAWA – Today, Canadian Olympians, as well as athletes and coaches hoping to celebrate podium success at Sochi 2014 joined a host of celebrities, musicians and proud citizens to celebrate the nation’s 146th birthday on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and at official Canada Day celebrations in Vancouver.
“At 146 years young, Canada is a strong, powerful and proud nation and our Canadian Olympic athletes and coaches represent that dynamic perfectly,” said Marcel Aubut, President of the Canadian Olympic Committee. “Today, as Canadians come together wrapped in the red and white of the Maple Leaf, the presence of these incredible athletes and coaches reminds us of what is best in our wonderful country.”
“Is there anything better than being on Parliament Hill on Canada Day? It’s an incredibly Canadian thing to do, especially for those of us from Ottawa,” remarked Rachel Homan, 2013 World bronze medallist and Sochi hopeful in women’s Curling. “I hope that next year I’ll be back here again in the crowd, but this time knowing that I’ve won an Olympic medal for my country!”
“It’s a little overwhelming and completely wonderful to see and hear so much support from so many Olympic fans,” said Eric Radford, 2013 World bronze medallist and Sochi hopeful in Pairs Figure Skating. “Canada Day on Parliament Hill is such a classic way to express our love for all things Canadian and it makes me truly proud to be one of the people that they’re cheering about!”
“I’m so excited to be here to wish Canada a happy birthday! Whether up on stage or in the crowd, it feels amazing to be celebrating this incredible place we live and love, and which has given us so much,” added Christina Smith, Salt Lake City 2002 Olympian.
“Canada Day in Vancouver is always such an incredible experience and it’s amazing to be right in the heart of it,” said Krista Guloien, two-time Olympian and London 2012 Olympic Silver medallist. “Watching so many Canadians celebrate together reminds us that despite our size, we are truly one huge, happy family.”
“Canada Day is such an amazing opportunity for the whole nation to come together and celebrate who we are and where we’re going as a country,” added Douglas Vandor, three-time Olympian. “As an athlete who has been to three Olympic Games, it’s an incredible reminder of what it means to wear the maple leaf and all the people who are behind us as we’re training and competing.”
The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games will take place in Sochi, Russia on February 7-23, 2014. Canadians athletes nominated to the Canadian Olympic Team by their National Sport Federations will be announced over the course of the autumn of 2013 with the confirmed team roster and official flag bearer being named in January 2014.
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