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Olympians get into holiday spirit at Santa Claus parades in Etobicoke and Vancouver

Canadian Olympians will play an important role as Canadians celebrate the Christmas season by participating in Santa Claus parades as honourary grand marshals. Media are invited to attend for photo and interview opportunities.

WHAT:  Etobicoke Santa Claus Parade
*Photo and media interview opportunities*

WHO:  Anastasiya Muntyanu, Gymnastics, 2012
Jason Burnett, Silver Medallist, Trampoline, 2008, 2012

WHEN:  Saturday, December 1, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

WHERE:  Starts at Dwight Avenue (1 block west of Royal York), travels west along Lakeshore Blvd. W. and ends at 36th Street (Just before Browns Line)
Parade route:

WHAT:  Vancouver Santa Claus Parade
*Photo and media interview opportunities*

WHO:  Doug Csima, Men’s eight rowing, 2012 (silver)
Emily Zurrer, Soccer 2008, 2012 (bronze)
Brittany Timko, Soccer 2012 (bronze)
Brent Hayden, Swimming 2004, 2008, 2012 (bronze)
Joy Fera, Rowing, 1976
Monica Peterson, Fencing, 2012
Douglas Vandor, Rowing 2008, 2012
Richard Hortness, Swimming 2008, 2012
David Hohl, Wrestling 1992, 1996
Alexa Loo, Snowboarding, 2006, 2010
Samantha Srigley, Figure Skating, 1968
Jessica Smith, Athletics, 2012
Arjan Bhuller, Wrestling, 2012
Julia Wilkinson, Swimming, 2012
Scott Dickens, Swimming, 2012
Tory Nyhaug, BMX Racing, 2012
Erin McLeod, Soccer London, 2012
Tommy Gossland, Swimming, 2012
Tera Van Beilen, Swimming, 2012
Rose-Marie Price, Synchro swimming, 2012
Ashley Gowanlock, Paralympic Equestrian, 2012
Michelle Stilwell, 2012 (gold and silver, athletics), 2008 (two gold,athletics), 2000 (gold, wheelchair basketball)

WHEN:     Sunday, December 2, 2012, 1:00 PM PST

WHERE:   The parade will start at West Georgia and Broughton (at 1:00 pm), travel east along West Georgia, turn south on Howe and finish at Howe and Davie.
Parade route:

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