Canadian Olympic Committee Congratulates Canada's Winter Athletes on Successful 2006-2007 World Cup Season

    TORONTO, March 16 /CNW/ - The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC)
congratulates Canada's winter athletes on a successful 2006-2007 World Cup
    From the start of the season through last weekend's competitions,
Canadian winter athletes ranked second overall in total 2006-2007 World Cup
medals with 132. Germany currently leads all nations with 203 medals followed
by the United States of America with 131 and Austria with 110. South Korea
rounds out the top-five with 103 podium finishes.
    "Following our third-place finish at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in
Turin, Canada's winter athletes have continued to raise the bar with respect
to their performance on the international stage," said Chris Rudge, COC Chief
Executive Officer. "Through the enhanced funding and technical support
provided to Canada's winter athletes, we have seen significant improvement
this year in alpine skiing and biathlon as well as continued progression from
our long and short track speed skating, bobsleigh, freestyle skiing, skeleton
and snowboard athletes. In the coming weeks, we look forward to continuing to
work with our sport partners in developing a sport system which will provide
Canada's summer athletes with similar development opportunities leading up to
the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games."
    The 2006-2007 winter World Cup season concludes on March 25.

    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 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:

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Eric Michalko Manager, Media
Relations, Canadian Olympic Committee, Office: (416) 324-4146, Cell: (416)
528-6742, Email:

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