Media Advisory - Interview Opportunities - Canadian Olympic Hopefuls in Teleconference as Part of 2010 One-Year Countdown Activities



    VANCOUVER, Feb. 4 /CNW/ - In concert with other activities during the
2010 Olympic year-out celebrations, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) will
host a special roundtable teleconference with six 2010 Olympic hopefuls.
    Members of the media are invited to join the call and speak with some of
Canada's top winter athletes, as they fine-tune their training and compete on
the world stage in preparation for the Games, which run February 12 to 28,
2010.

    
    What: Winter Athlete Roundtable Teleconference

    When: February 11, 2009 at 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. PST)

    Phone: (416) 641-6103 - Conference ID: 3282724

    Who: COC Press Chief Sylvie Bigras, along with the following athletes
    (availability subject to change):

    I) Britt Janyk (alpine): A Whistler resident, Janyk is one of Canada's
    top alpine athletes. On the World Cup circuit since 1999, she has
    competed in 147 races. She joins the call from Val-d'Isère, France where
    she is competing at the 2009 FIS Alpine World Championships.

    II) Joannie Rochette (figure skating): The only Canadian figure skating
    champion at every level (novice, junior, senior) finished fifth at the
    2006 Olympic Winter Games. She is Canada's top-ranked women's singles
    skater.

    III) Charles Hamelin (short track speed skating): Speed Skating Canada's
    short track male skater of the year in 2005, 2006 and 2008 won an Olympic
    silver medal in 2006 and has captured multiple medals at World
    Championships and World Cups.

    IV) Jeremy Wotherspoon (speed skating): In 500 m, he is the 2008 World
    Champion and 2007-2008 World Cup overall champion. A three-time Olympian,
    Wotherspoon captured silver in 1998. He has a long list of medals at
    World Championships and World Cups.

    V) Devon Kershaw (cross-country ski): A 2006 Olympian, he won his second
    career World Cup medal in Germany on Dec. 28. Kershaw joins the call from
    Val di Dentro, Italy in advance of the FIS World Cup Cross Country, Feb.
    13-14.

    VI) Hayley Wickenheiser (ice hockey): One of Canada's best-ever women's
    scorers has led Team Canada to two gold medals and one silver at the
    Olympic Winter Games as well as multiple world championship titles. She
    joins the call from Eskilstuna, Sweden, where she is currently playing in
    a second division men's league.
    

    In addition to this teleconference, the COC will make several of its
spokespeople available in person for media opportunities in Vancouver and
Whistler the week surrounding the one-year countdown. Details will be released
at a later date.

    The COC 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: Isabelle Hodge, Manager, Media Relations,
Canadian Olympic Committee, Phone: (416) 324-4122, Cell: (416) 806-4342,
Email: ihodge@olympic.ca; Sylvie Bigras, Press Chief, Canadian Olympic
Committee, Cell: (613) 298-1625, Email: sbigras@olympic.ca

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