Royal Canadian Mint and Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium invite Canadians to vote on favourite Top 10 Canadian Olympic Winter Moments



    
       -- Top 3 moments to be featured on 25-cent circulation coins -
    -- Results revealed in one-hour broadcast special on CTV, TSN and RDS --
    

    OTTAWA, Feb. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Royal Canadian Mint and Canada's
Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium are inviting Canadians to celebrate the
rich and storied history of the Olympic Winter Games by voting on the Top 10
Canadian Olympic Winter Moments of all time for a chance to win one of two
trips for two to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
    The Top 3 moments will be featured on 25-cent coins, each with a mintage
of 22 million, and will enter into circulation in the fall of 2009, leading up
to Vancouver 2010. The results of the Top 10 Canadian Olympic Winter Moments
will be revealed in a one-hour prime-time broadcast special, in English and
French, in September 2009 on CTV, TSN and RDS.
    "Whether they recently witnessed it in real-time or read about it decades
later, Canadians from coast to coast can recall that special moment in our
country's winter sports history that instilled a sense of pride like no
other," said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.
"We're proud to give Canadians the opportunity to determine the most
extraordinary Olympic Winter Games moments to complete our Vancouver 2010
circulation coin program."
    "Canadian Olympic athletes have the profound ability to make an emotional
connection with fans and instil a tremendous amount of national pride. Their
stories are awe-inspiring and their accomplishments are exceptional. We
celebrate and pay tribute to Canada's Olympic heroes who have helped shape the
Olympic Winter Games for Canadians nationwide," said Keith Pelley, President,
Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium.
    Voting for the Top 10 Canadian Olympic Winter Moments begins today
(February 12) and runs through March 25 at CTVOlympics.ca & RDSolympiques.ca.
Canadians are encouraged to cast their votes and rank their favourite moments,
while also sharing their memories about each moment. A random draw will take
place in early April to determine two winners, each of whom will each receive
a trip for two to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
    The Top 10 Canadian Olympic Winter Moments finalists, as selected by an
independent voting panel are:

    
    - Nancy Greene - gold medal and silver medal, alpine skiing, Grenoble
      1968
    - Gaétan Boucher - two gold medals and one silver medal, speed skating,
      Sarajevo 1984
    - Marc Gagnon - gold medal, short track speed skating, Salt Lake City
      2002
    - Catriona Le May Doan - gold medal, speed skating, Salt Lake City 2002
    - Men's Hockey Team - gold medal, Salt Lake City 2002
    - Women's Hockey Team - gold medal, Salt Lake City 2002
    - Jamie Salé and David Pelletier - gold medal, figure skating, Salt Lake
      City 2002
    - Beckie Scott - gold medal, cross-country skiing, Salt Lake City 2002
    - Cindy Klassen - one gold medal, two silver medals and two bronze
      medals, speed skating, Turin 2006
    - Clara Hughes - gold medal, speed skating, Turin 2006
    

    The 25-cent coins featuring the Top 3 moments are part of the Mint's
extensive circulation program commemorating the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games. Launched in January 2007, the collection includes 17
coins featuring designs related to the 2010 Winter Games. Canadians can share
in the pride and touch the Games by collecting and saving these special coins.

    For more information on the moments, the voting panel and for full
contest rules, please visit www.CTVOlympics.ca and www.RDSolympiques.ca.

    About the Royal Canadian Mint

    The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the
minting and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2000
certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most
versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high
quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. The
Mint is an Official Supporter of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic
Winter Games and has undertaken to produce the most extensive circulation coin
program in relation to the 2010 Winter Games ever conceived by any mint
worldwide, while also offering limited mintage collector coins and sets. Visit
www.mint.ca/2010 for Vancouver 2010 keepsakes and gifts.

    About Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium

    Established in 2007, Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium is a
unique relationship between leading media conglomerates CTV and Rogers Media
Inc., which together will provide unprecedented coverage and consumer choice
in English, French and multi-languages on multiple platforms for the Vancouver
2010 Olympic Winter Games and London 2012 Olympic Games. Broadcast brands
include CTV, TSN, RDS, RIS Info-Sports, Rogers Sportsnet, OMNI, OLN, TQS,
APTN, ATN, MuchMusic and select Rogers radio stations across the country.




For further information:

For further information: Christine Aquino, Director, Communications,
Royal Canadian Mint, (613) 993-9999, aquino@mint.ca; Andrea Goldstein,
Director, Communications, Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium, (416)
384-7575, andrea.goldstein@ctv.ca


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