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January 29, 2010 18:30 ET

Government of Canada Congratulates 2010 Winter Olympic Team and Clara Hughes on Being Named Canada's Flag-Bearer for the Opening Ceremony

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 29, 2010) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), today congratulated the 2010 Winter Olympic team members, as well as Clara Hughes on being named Canada's flag-bearer for the opening ceremony of the Games on February 12, in Vancouver.

"Our Government congratulates all of our fine athletes who have been chosen to represent Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver," said Minister Moore. "I would particularly like to congratulate Clara Hughes on being given the honour of carrying our country's flag at the opening ceremony."

"Canada's athletes are an enormous source of pride for all Canadians and are role models for Canadian youth," said Minister of State Lunn. "On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I congratulate all the Canadian athletes and coaches taking part in these Games and wish them luck as they strive to own the podium."

Clara Hughes has represented Canada as both a summer and winter Olympian. She competed as a cyclist at both the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games, capturing two bronze medals in Atlanta in the individual road race and the individual time trial. After the Olympic Games in Sydney, Hughes retired from competitive cycling and took up speed skating. In 2002, she won her third Olympic medal in the 5000 metres in Salt Lake City, becoming only the fourth athlete ever to win an Olympic medal at both Summer and Winter Games. At the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Hughes won silver in women's pursuit and, on the last day of competition, became Olympic champion with a gold medal in the 5000 metres. Ms. Hughes is also a noted humanitarian and became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2007.

The 2010 Olympic Games are being held from February 12 to 28. Canada will be represented by more than 200 athletes who will compete in a 15-sport competition schedule at nine venues in Vancouver, Richmond, and Whistler. More than 5500 athletes, coaches, and team officials from 80 countries are participating in the Olympic Games.

Canada is honoured to welcome the world to the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games—Canada's Games. The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in this country and has provided funding to our Canadian athletes that provided them with the resources and support they need to succeed and own the podium.

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.)

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