CALGARY – Today, Canadian Olympians joined the tens of thousands of Calgarians, fans and spectators as all enjoyed the enduring Canadian tradition of the Calgary Stampede. The following Olympians participated in the Stampede parade: Shannon Rempel, Turin 2006 Olympic silver medallist in Speed Skating; Glenys Bakker, Turin 2006 Olympic bronze medallist in Curling; and Christina Smith, Salt Lake City 2002 Olympian in Bobsleigh.

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Olympian Shannon Rempel waves to the crowd during the Calgary Stampede Parade in Calgary on July 5, 2013.
Photo Credit: Canadian Olympic Committee/ Mike Ridewood

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Olympian Glenys Bakker shows that West is Best during the Calgary Stampede Parade in Calgary on July 5, 2013.
Photo Credit: Canadian Olympic Committee/ Mike Ridewood

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Olympian Christina Smith leads a group of Calgary first responders during the Calgary Stampede Parade in Calgary on July 5, 2013.
Photo Credit: Canadian Olympic Committee/ Mike Ridewood

Flash Quotes:

“It’s at times like this that you can see just how powerful sport can be,” said Shannon Rempel, two-time Olympian and Turin 2006 Olympic Silver medallist. “I’m so happy to be here today to see our community come together in the face of adversity. This is worth just as much as winning an Olympic medal.”

“The Calgary Stampede is an international celebration and an incredible party that truly has put Calgary and Western Canada on the map,” said Glenys Bakker, Turin 2006 Olympic Bronze medallist. “As a proud Canadian, it is always so amazing to be part of an event that showcases our country in such a positive manner.”

“Despite everything that has occurred recently, putting on this event shows the true soul of this city, said Christina Smith, Salt Lake City 2002 Olympian. “To pick ourselves up after such a devastating disaster, like the recent floods, is truly wonderful. I am so proud of our community today.”

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