Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 01, 2009 21:30 ET

Statement by the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), Congratulating the Canadian Medallists at the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 1, 2009) - On behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, I would like to congratulate our four Canadian athletes who won three medals at the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships. For the first time in history, Canada topped the overall medal count at two consecutive World Championships, winning three medals each year.

Canadians are extremely proud of the outstanding performances of:

- Patrick Chan, who won a silver medal, marking the second year in a row that Canada has won a medal in the men's event;

- Joannie Rochette, who also won silver, the first medal in the women's event in more than two decades; and

- Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who won a bronze medal in ice dance, their second medal in a row in this event.

Your dedication and commitment are an inspiration for us all. You are showing the world what Canadian athletes are made of, and fans from coast-to-coast-to-coast are excited to cheer you on as you work toward your Olympic goals in 2010.

I would also like to congratulate all Canadian figure skaters for their performance at the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships. Our athletes are role models for youth and an enormous source of pride for all Canadians.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Lunn, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    Michelle Yao
    819-934-3411