Canada's Olympic and Paralympic athletes set to kick off national fundraising campaign for Own the Podium 2010 program in Calgary on Thursday

    CALGARY, Feb. 18 /CNW/ - Canada's Olympic and Paralympic athletes will
join forces to unveil a new Canada-wide online fundraising campaign in support
of the Own the Podium 2010 program at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary on
Thursday, February 19, 2009.
    Freestyle skier Ryan Blais (aerials) and Olympian Lindsay Alcock
(skeleton) will be on-hand to share details of the Own the Podium 2010 (OTP)
program - an initiative that is helping Canadian athletes in a wide range of
disciplines as they prepare to strive for excellence, and win medals at the
upcoming 2010 Winter Games beginning in less than one year. The athletes will
join David Armour, CEO, Canadian Olympic Foundation to unveil a new
advertising campaign in support of the fundraising drive. The campaign
showcases a number of Canadian athletes in their most memorable moments of
    Own the Podium 2010 provides Canada's winter sport organizations with
additional resources, leadership and high-performance programming to help
their athletes achieve podium success in 2010.
    For more information on Own the Podium 2010 initiatives and programs
please visit

    When:   Thursday, February 19, 2009
            11:00 MT

    Where:  Canada Olympic Park
            Olympic Hall of Fame
            88 Canada Olympic Road SW
            Calgary, AB
            T3B 5R5

    Who:    Canadian Olympians and Paralympians, including:
            Lindsay Alcock, Olympian, skeleton
            Ryan Blais, aerials skier and Vancouver 2010 hopeful
            Brian McKeever, Paralympian

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Isabelle Hodge, Canadian
Olympic Committee, (416) 324-4122; Mary Fraser, VANOC Communications, (604)
403-2667; Chris Dornan, Own the Podium, (281) 703-4394; Anna Parisi, CPC
Communications, (604) 828-2875

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