Sport legends in bobsleigh, cycling, figure skating, ice hockey and
swimming enter Hall
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TORONTO, Feb. 8 /CNW/ - The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is set to
honour five legendary Olympic figures at this year's Canadian Olympic
Hall of Fame Gala Dinner & Induction Ceremony on Saturday, April 16.
The event will take place in Moncton, N.B., at the Casino New
Brunswick, where an exemplary class of three athletes, one builder and
one coach will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
For more than 60 years, the COC has proudly honoured individuals who
have made a significant impact on the Olympic Movement. The 2011
Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame inductees are no exception and include
figure skater Elvis Stojko, swimmer Curtis Myden, bobsledder David
MacEachern, women's hockey coach Melody Davidson and cycling builder
"The Vancouver Games ignited Olympic spirit and passion all across
Canada and we're bringing this new energy to the Atlantic Provinces,"
said COC President Marcel Aubut. "The Hall of Fame is the COC's most
prestigious event, and we are thrilled to share this incredible
experience with the gracious people of Moncton as we recognize this
truly outstanding class of Hall of Fame inductees."
Known for its warmth and hospitality, Moncton will host its first ever
Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame Gala. A rising city among Canadian sport
communities, the maritime city successfully played host to the IAAF
World Junior Athletics Championships last July - the smallest city ever
to hold the major global event.
In April the city will welcome the Hall of Fame event, which will
feature a full artistic program. The induction ceremony will be
preceded by a week of festivities and community events throughout the
Atlantic Provinces. Further details of these initiatives will be
provided at a later date.
The COC has partnered with Vision Co., a Toronto-based event marketing
firm to produce and manage the Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremony and
Tickets and details are available by contacting Rebecca Lerner (firstname.lastname@example.org, 416-324-4303).
All proceeds from the 2011 Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame Gala Dinner &
Induction Ceremony will benefit the Canadian Olympic Team.
The Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame recognizes those who have served the
cause of the Olympic Movement with distinction. The 2011 inductees:
Elvis Stojko is a two-time Olympic silver medallist and three-time world champion in
figure skating. As Olympic and world champion in 1994, he was named
Canadian Athlete of the Year. He is the first man ever to land
consecutive quadruple jumps in competition, once in 1991 and again in
1997. The four-time Olympian and seven-time Canadian champion was
inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. Deeply involved in
charitable work, Stojko was known during his athletic career for his
amazing perseverance through injury.
Curtis Myden, a model of determination and hard work, was the first Canadian swimmer
to win medals at consecutive Olympic Games. He is a three-time Olympian
in 1992, 1996 and 2000, and a triple bronze medallist. Myden won two
bronze medals at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games in the 200- and
400-metre individual medley. Four years later amid an ever-stronger
pool of swimmers, he again took bronze in the 400-metre individual
medley. Leading up to Sydney he swept all the individual medley gold
medals while adding two silver medals at the Pan Pacific Championships.
He has set many national records, is a 30-time Canadian champion, and
is the first athlete ever inducted in the Swimming Canada Circle of
David MacEachern competed in two-man and four-man bobsleigh at the 1992, 1994 and 1998
Olympic Winter Games. In his last Games, he and Pierre Lueders won
Olympic gold in the two-man event, which significantly raised the
profile of bobsleigh, as well as funding, in Canada. A silver medallist
in two-man at the 1996 World Championships, MacEachern also collected
28 World Cup medals and five World Cup titles in his career. His
success in the 1990s inspired entire groups of new athletes and set the
stage for the medals won at Vancouver 2010.
Melody Davidson is head coach of both the 2010 and 2006 Olympic gold medal women's
hockey teams in Vancouver and Torino. Davidson was assistant coach in
2002 when the women's team won its first-ever Olympic gold medal. She
has been head or assistant coach for four World Championship teams, and
two world silver medal squads. She is the only person ever to be named
five straight years to the Canadian Association for the Advancement of
Women and Sport and Physical Activity's "Most Influential Women" list.
Davidson is globally admired for her dedication to the women's game,
her core belief in values and her leadership.
Marc Lemay is a world leader in the sport of cycling. Lemay was president of the
Canadian Cycling Association from 1981 to 1992 and president of the
Union Cycliste Internationale Mountain Bike Commission from 1990 to
2001. He served 14 years as COC Board member, from 1982 to 1996. In
2001 he received the Union Cycliste Internationale Merit for his
contribution to the development of international cycling. Under his UCI
tenure, the sport of mountain biking experienced tremendous growth that
culminated with a berth in the Olympic program.
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
For further information:
Isabelle Hodge, Manager, Media Relations, Canadian Olympic Committee,
Phone: (416) 324-4122, Cell: (416) 806-4342, Email: email@example.com