Canadian Olympic Committee Names Nathalie Lambert as Canada's Chef de Mission for 2010 Olympic Winter Games



    VANCOUVER, Dec. 10 /CNW/ - The Canadian Olympic Committee announced today
that Olympian Nathalie Lambert (short track speed skating, Montréal, Que.) has
been appointed as Canada's Chef de Mission for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games
in Vancouver.
    A three-time Olympic medallist, Lambert, 44, and her teammates skated to
a gold medal in the 3,000-metre relay at the Albertville 1992 Olympic Winter
Games, and she was given the honour of being Canada's flag bearer at the
Games' closing ceremony. Two years later in Lillehammer (1994), Lambert
collected silver medals in both the 1,000m and 3,000m relays.
    "I am truly honoured to have been selected as Canada's Chef de Mission
for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games," said Lambert. "To lead our Canadian
Olympic Team into our own Home Games in Vancouver will be an experience of a
lifetime. I look forward to working closely with the Canadian Olympic
Committee over the next two years, providing optimum support for Canada's
athletes and coaches as we strive to own the podium in 2010."
    Lambert first participated in the Olympic Games when Calgary played host
to the XV Winter Games in 1988. Short track speed skating was introduced as a
demonstration sport and Lambert and her teammates finished third in the
women's 3,000m relay.
    "As an Olympic gold medallist, a four-time Olympian, an Assistant Chef de
Mission and speed skating icon, Nathalie Lambert is the ideal choice to lead
Canada in 2010," said COC President Michael Chambers. "Her passion for sport
and competition matched with her knowledge and wisdom through Olympic
experience will serve as an immeasurable tool for Canada's team in Vancouver."
    Lambert retired from competition in 1997 but remained involved in the
Olympic movement through her work on various COC committees, which led to her
role as Assistant Chef de Mission for Canada at the 2004 Olympic Games in
Athens.
    Inducted into the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 and Canada's Sports
Hall of Fame in 2002, Lambert has also been a member of the Canadian Olympic
Hall of Fame since 1992.
    As Chef de Mission, Lambert's chief responsibility over the next two
years will be to provide overall leadership to the Canadian Team at the 2010
Olympic Winter Games.

    The Canadian Olympic Committee is a national, private, not-for-profit
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.





For further information:

For further information: Steve Keogh, Manager, Communications, Canadian
Olympic Committee, Phone: (416) 324-4146, Cell: (416) 434-3618, Email:
skeogh@olympic.ca; Sylvie Bigras, Gestionnaire, Communications, Comité
olympique canadien, Cell.: (613) 298-1625, Courriel: sbigras@olympic.ca

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