Canada Concludes 2006-2007 International Winter Season Ranked Second Overall in Total World Cup Medals



    TORONTO, March 27 /CNW/ - Canada's winter athletes concluded a successful
2006-2007 World Cup season on Sunday, finishing the year ranked second overall
in total medals with 135. From the start of the season, through to the
completion of last weekend's Women's World Curling Championship, Canada is
also currently ranked second overall in total 2007 World Championship podium
results with 28.
    Overall, a total of 77 Canadian athletes reached the podium in World Cup
and World Championship events during the 2006-2007 winter season.
    "The 2006-2007 international season was an unequivocal success for
Canadian winter sport," said Chris Rudge, Canadian Olympic Committee Chief
Executive Officer. "Together with VANOC, Own the Podium 2010, Sport Canada,
our National Sport Federations and sport partners, the Canadian Olympic
Committee will continue to help provide Canada's athletes with as much support
as possible in order to achieve our ambitious goal of finishing first overall
at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games."
    Germany finished the 2006-2007 World Cup season ranked first among all
nations with 215 medals. The United States of America was third with 134,
followed by Austria and South Korea with 128 and 103 podium performances
respectively.
    In 2007 World Championship events, Germany currently leads all nations
with 39 medals. Norway is third with 25, five ahead of the United States which
sits fourth. Switzerland rounds out the top five with 15 podium finishes.
    "Canada's World Cup and World Championship success this past season
demonstrates that as a nation, we remain on target to achieve our goal of
finishing first overall in Vancouver in 2010," said Dr. Roger Jackson, Chief
Executive Officer, Own the Podium 2010. "Through Own The Podium 2010's
targeted high-performance programming, many of Canada's winter athletes saw
marked improvement in their performances this past season. Over the next three
years, our challenge will be to continue to effectively develop and target our
resources in order to keep Canada's winter athletes on an upward trajectory
during the lead-up to 2010."
    The 2007 winter World Championship season will officially conclude with
the completion of next month's men's and women's hockey tournaments and the
men's curling event.

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organization committed to sport excellence. It is responsible for all aspects
of Canada's involvement in the Olympic movement, including Canada's
participation in the Olympic and Pan American Games and a wide variety of
programs that promote the Olympic Movement in Canada through cultural and
educational means. For more information, see the COC website: www.olympic.ca.





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