February 19, 2010 13:55 ET

Local Olympians Celebrate Canada's Gold With Stamp Purchase

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2010) -

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Canada Post is proud to have commemorated Canada's first Olympic gold medal won on Canadian soil by issuing a stamp featuring the medal. The stamp has already become a popular souvenir item and hundreds of thousands of the stamps have already been sold. Released on Sunday night after Alexandre Bilodeau's victory on moguls, this previously unannounced stamp is available at and in post offices across Canada. Only a limited number of stamps were printed and it is expected to sell out before the end of the Games.

Alexandre's victory was the culmination of years of training, but is also credited to the effort of countless previous athletes paving the way. Olympians Paul Conlin (Bronze, men's ice hockey, 1968), Sue Holloway (Silver & Bronze, canoeing, 1984), Sheridon Baptiste (3 time Olympian in bobsleigh) and Anne Jardin-Alexander (2 Bronze, Aquatics – swimming, 1976) will mark this occasion by purchasing their own booklets of the gold medal stamp and sharing their Olympic memories.

"Winning a Bronze medal in the Grenoble 1968 Olympic Winter Games was an amazing experience," says Paul Conlin, a member of Canada's Ice Hockey team that year. "Just being part of the Olympic experience is something to be treasured—we're proud to represent our country and we're thrilled by each other's accomplishments. These stamps are a great tribute to every Canadian Olympian."

Canada Post's Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games stamp program, which includes stamps and a special set of cancels, has already captured the hearts of Canadians. More than 800 million stamps featuring the Olympic theme have already been sold. 

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