Olympic speed skater tops national poll for Air Canada Athlete of the
MONTREAL, Dec. 13, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced
Canadian short track speed skater Charles Hamelin has been voted the
winner of the Air Canada Athlete of the Year Award in a national
"Air Canada is very pleased that Charles has been chosen to receive the
Air Canada Athlete of the Year Award for 2013. He exemplifies the
leadership, dedication and commitment to excellence the award
celebrates and it is clear Canadians recognize his hard work and
talent," said Craig Landry, Vice President of Marketing at Air Canada.
"As a sponsor of the Canadian Olympic Team, we take great pride in our
association with all of our Olympic athletes and also congratulate
slopestyle snowboarder Mark McMorris and bobsledder Kaillie Humphries
who were the runners-up for this award. Additionally, we thank the tens
of thousands of Canadians who took time to vote for their favorite
athlete in our national poll."
Charles Hamelin was a double gold medalist at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic
Winter Games. Based on his experience and accomplishments, he is
considered one of the leaders of the national team. Charles started
speed skating at the age of 9 and is now recognized as a multiple gold
medal winner who has been competing at the senior world championship
level for almost a decade.
The number of medals and world titles Charles has won reflects his
dominance in the field of short track speed skating. In addition to his
2010 Olympic performance, he also won a silver medal in Turin 2006 and
has several world championship titles from 2005 to 2013.
Nominees for the Air Canada Athlete of the Year Award were chosen after
an in-depth analysis of a lengthy list of winter sport athletes by a
nomination committee. The list of more than 50 athletes was arrived at
by assigning point values to podium finishes in the previous year's
competition season. These athletes were then considered and debated by
the nomination committee with three finalists selected to be voted on
by Canadians between November 20 and December 6. The nominating
committee consisted of representatives from Air Canada, the CBC, the
Federal Government, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the athlete
community and last year's winner, soccer player Christine Sinclair.
The winner receives two complimentary Business Class tickets to
anywhere in the world Air Canada flies as well as Altitude Super Elite™
status for one year.
About Air Canada
Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline
serving more than 175 destinations on five continents. Canada's flag
carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2012
served close to 35 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled
passenger service directly to 60 Canadian cities, 49 destinations in
the United States and 67 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia,
Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America. Air Canada is a
founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air
transportation network serving 1,328 destinations in 195 countries.
Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America
to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research
firm Skytrax that ranked Air Canada in a worldwide survey of more than
18 million airline passengers as Best Airline in North America in 2013
for the fourth consecutive year. For more information, please visit: www.aircanada.com.
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SOURCE: Air Canada
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