Canadian Olympic Committee Remembers Hickstead

TORONTO, Nov. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Olympic Committee extends its deepest condolences to Eric Lamaze on the passing of his legendary horse Hickstead at a competition in Italy this weekend.

"This is a very sad time for Eric Lamaze and for the entire Canadian equestrian community," said COC President Marcel Aubut. "Hickstead was an Olympic champion and will always be remembered as such. The COC's thoughts are with Eric, Hickstead's owners and with all of Hickstead's fans."

Lamaze and Hickstead won gold and silver medals at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, as well as two medals at the 2007 Pan American Games and bronze at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. In all, they won more than $3 million in prize money together over an eight-year partnership.

The duo's last competition in Canada was at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, where they finished first in the $1 million International.

About the Canadian Olympic Committee

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, Youth Olympic and Pan American Games and a wide variety of programs that promote the Olympic Movement in Canada through cultural and educational means. For news and information, visit the COC website at www.olympic.ca and find the team on both Facebook (Canadian Olympic Team) and Twitter (@CDNOlympicTeam).


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For further information:

Dimitri Soudas, Executive Director, Communications, Canadian Olympic Committee Tel.: (416) 324-4136, Email: dsoudas@olympic.ca

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