Canadian Olympic Committee Marks Olympic Day, Eight Months Out of Vancouver 2010

    Canadians Encouraged to 'Get Behind Our Athletes'

    TORONTO, June 23 /CNW/ - Today the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC)
recognizes International Olympic Day, honouring the birth of the modern
Olympic Movement, just eight months prior to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games
arriving in Vancouver.
    Excitement is brewing across the country as Canada prepares for its third
role as Olympic host, welcoming the world's top winter athletes to the
spectacular venues of Vancouver, Whistler and Richmond. Canadian athletes,
fresh from a winter season marked by tremendous successes and breakthrough
moments, are busy training both in Canada and around the world this summer as
they hone their skills and ride the momentum that will lead into the 2009-2010
winter season.
    "It's the perfect day to reflect on the reasons behind the incredible
dedication of our athletes who train and compete across the globe, de facto
ambassadors of Canada," said Michael Chambers, president of the COC. "The
Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement are not only unique and special in what
they represent, but they also reside in the hopes and dreams of so many
    Each year on June 23, Olympic Day commemorates the 1894 founding date of
the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the modern Olympic Movement, as
well as the values that underpin it to this day. On this day 115 years ago,
France's Baron Pierre de Coubertin inspired a group of sport-minded
individuals from many countries to consider a series of Games to be held in
the future, along ideals that guide their organization. The IOC grew from this
initial gathering.
    The Canadian Olympic Team, which will officially be named early February
2010, is seeking unprecedented success next year in aiming to finish atop the
standings with the most total medals won. In support of this goal, the Own the
Podium program has for five years been firmly committed to providing
resources, technology, leadership, training clinics, counselling, support and
"Top-Secret" snow sport projects to athletes. Its aim: to give them the best
possible chance for success in 2010.
    In the last push before the 2010 Games, all Canadians from coast to coast
have an opportunity to get involved in the excitement and support athletes
through Own the Podium. Interested Canadians are encouraged to donate $20.10
at, funds that go directly toward helping our winter
athletes prepare for our approaching "Home Games." Such donations will help
sustain momentum for the athletes and coaches and hopefully push them over the
top as they seek to Paint the Town Red in February.

    About the Canadian Olympic Committee

    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's redeveloped website:

For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Hodge, Manager, Media Relations,
Canadian Olympic Committee, Phone: (416) 324-4122, Cell: (416) 806-4342,

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