February 22, 2010 09:12 ET

Canada Post Celebrates Olympic Spirit With Commemorative Stamp

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2010) -

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In its continued celebration of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Canada Post is today issuing a new set of commemorative stamps marking the Olympic Spirit.

This new set of stamps comes days after Canada Post issued the previously unannounced Celebrating Gold stamp to mark the first Olympic gold medal won on Canadian soil by freestyle skier Alexandre Bilodeau. These stamps are the last in a series of 15 Vancouver 2010-themed stamps featuring sports, venues, mascots and emblems. Already, more than 800 million stamps have been sold.

"As we've witnessed in recent days, the Olympic Spirit is contagious, and something that Canadians across the country have embraced as Vancouver plays Host City to the 2010 Winter Games,"says Moya Greene, President and CEO at Canada Post. "We wanted to celebrate the emotion that brings the world together to support athletes and their efforts." The Olympic Spirit stamps feature various Olympic Winter Games events such as four-man bobsleigh, women's cross-country sprint, men's short track speed skating relay, and portray Canadian cross-country skier Chandra Crawford as she accepts her gold medal at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games.

"It is only fitting that Canada Post commemorate the historic 2010 Winter Games. The spirit of these Games have captured the imaginations of Canadians from coast to coast," said Minister of State Rob Merrifield, "The efforts of our athletes told a story that captured our hearts, and Canadians can be proud of the legacy these Olympic Winter Games will leave behind."

About the stamp

Each stamp measures 39.25 mm x 20.25 mm (horizontal) and have 13+ perforations. Lowe-Martin printed the stamps, which are available in booklets of 10 stamps, or a souvenir sheet of two stamps. The stamps are P.V.A and printed on Tullis Russell paper using lithography in five colours. The official first day cover will be cancelled in Vancouver, British Columbia – the site of the 2010 Winter Games.

Additional information about Canadian stamps can be found in the News section of Canada Post's website, and images of these new stamps are also available. Stamps and other products will be available at participating post offices, or can be ordered online by following the links at, or by mail order from the National Philatelic Centre. From Canada and the USA, call toll-free: 1 800-565-4362, and from other countries, call: 902-863-6550.

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