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Statement from Canadian Olympic Athletes Regarding the Passing of Canadian Sport Journalist Richard Garneau

TORONTO – Today, the following Canadian Olympians issued the following statements regarding the passing of iconic Canadian Sport Journalist, Richard Garneau:

“Olympic Games broadcasting will be forever linked to his name and his voice. He embodied the Olympic spirit at its best.”
– Sylvie Bernier, 1984 Olympic Gold Medallist, London 2012 Assistant Chef de Mission

“To my friend Richard, to whom I was always saying: If I make it to your age, I want to grow old just like you. I remember walking beside you at the Athens Olympic Games, constantly asking you to slow down because you were in such good shape. And in London, when you were telling me about how beautiful the scenery was during your morning walks. You gave me confidence before going on air. As a journalist, I always respected you because you knew what you were talking about and you always displayed sensitivity towards the athletes’ performances.”
– Bruny Surin, 1996 Olympic Gold Medallist

“Mr. Garneau passed on his Olympic passion to me at a very young age when my idol, Olympic Champion Jean-Luc Brassard, carried the Canadian flag in ’98. This magical moment will remain forever in my memories, along with Mr. Garneau’s path. Almost 18 years later, I had the opportunity to work with Mr. Garneau for a week at the London Olympic Games. It is a privilege to have known him, not only as an important channel of communication, but also his humorous side. As I said after the London 2012 Opening Ceremony, “Thank-you so much for your help and inspiration.””
– Alexandre Bilodeau, 2010 Olympic Gold Medallist

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