Statement: Bruny Surin runs as COC’s Rio 2016 Torch Bearer

TORONTO — Today, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) released the following statement of congratulations after four-time Olympian and Atlanta 1996 gold medallist Bruny Surin (athletics, 4x100m relay) ran as a torch bearer for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the city of Curitiba, Brazil.

“Bruny is an incredible Canadian athlete and one who has earned many accolades along the way for his achievements, including his induction as a member of both Canada’s Olympic Hall of Fame and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. He will always be remembered for his gold medal win at Atlanta 1996, where his team established itself as the fastest relay team in the world. Congratulations on this honour, Bruny. Well-deserved.”

Tricia Smith, President, Canadian Olympic Committee


“I am honoured to have been chosen as the COC’s Torch Bearer for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The Olympic spirit is something you carry with you forever, long after you finish competing as an athlete. So to be recognized and welcomed back to the Olympic Movement as a torch bearer is really special. Thank you for this honour, I am proud and humbled.”

Bruny Surin, four-time Olympian, Atlanta 1996 gold medallist


“What a great choice to represent Canada as a Rio 2016 Torch Bearer. Olympic champion, world champion and former world record holder, Bruny made his mark in the sport world and continues to be an integral ambassador and role model for aspiring Canadian athletes and entrepreneurs. Congratulations Bruny, Canada is proud for you to hold the Olympic flame in our honour!”

Curt Harnett, Rio 2016 Team Canada Chef de Mission

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