TORONTO – Today, the Canadian Olympic Committee released the following statement following a five-medal day in World Championship action. At the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships in Voss, Norway, Olympic champion Alex Bilodeau (Rosemère, QC) and Chloé Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC) earned gold, while teammate Mikaël Kingsbury (Deux-Montagnes, QC) skied to silver in dual moguls competition. At the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Debrecen, Hungary both Marianne St-Gelais (St. Félicien, QC) and Charles Hamelin (Sainte-Julie, QC) skated to bronze medals in the 1500m.

“Today the Maple Leaf again shines bright on the world stage. On behalf of the Canadian Olympic Committee, I am overwhelmingly proud to congratulate Alex, Chloé, Mikaël, Marianne and Charles on performances that elevate Canada’s reputation as winter leaders and champions in sport.”
-Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee

“These winter athletes have set the bar for excellence – in themselves and for every Canadian preparing and competing internationally. Alex, Chloé and Mikaël are on top of the world as proven champions this year. With Marianne and Charles also representing the Maple Leaf on world championship podiums today, these athletes have raised the bar for all Canadian athletes striving to be the best.”
– Steve Podborski, Canadian Olympic Team Chef de Mission, Sochi 2014

“These are the days in sport we dream about. Alex, Chloé , Mikaël, Marianne and Charles today defined what it means to deliver when it matters. With less than a year to go before the Sochi 2014 Games, I’m incredibly proud to know we have the best athletes in the world preparing to do what they do best on the Olympic stage.”
– Jean-Luc Brassard, Canadian Olympic Team Assistant Chef de Mission, Sochi 2014

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