Wotherspoon and Botterill to represent their sports at Innsbruck 2012
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TORONTO, Sept. 22, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC)
announced today that speed skater Jeremy Wotherspoon and hockey player
Jennifer Botterill have been nominated to represent their sports as
Athlete Role Models at the first Winter Youth Olympic Games in
Innsbruck this winter.
"I'm looking forward to the adventure of something new, not just for me,
but for everyone since these are the first Winter Youth Olympic Games.
Innsbruck is especially interesting to me, since it is the site of my
first ever World Cup race," said Wotherspoon - 1998 Olympic silver
medallist and four-time World Sprint Champion. "We'll be there to share
our experiences and give them advice about how to handle competition
and life skills beyond being an athlete."
"It is a huge honour and something I am going to take a lot of pride
in," said Botterill, a three-time Olympic gold medallist and a 1998
silver medallist. "I'm looking forward to sharing in the excitement of
these Games. An event of this magnitude, all the athletes will be
looking forward to it and there's a lot of potential to help them enjoy
The Athlete Role Model (ARM) programme allows former champions to
interact with young athletes and to share their experiences about sport
preparation, career management and many other areas. The detailed
programme for each ARM will be defined in collaboration between the
IOC, the Innsbruck 2012 Organizing Committee and the individual
International Sport Federations.
Canada was also represented by two distinguished Olympians at the
inaugural Youth Olympic Games held in Singapore in 2010. Two-time
medallist Beckie Scott (Cross-country skiing) and five-time Olympian
and 1984 Olympic silver medallist Charmaine Crooks (Athletics) were in
Singapore on behalf of the International Olympic Committee and acted as
Athlete Role Models.
Scott will take her role one step further, acting as the Chef de Mission
for the Canadian Team in Innsbruck.
The inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games will take place from January 13
- 22, 2012 in Innsbruck, Austria, site of the 1964 and 1976 Olympic
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