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Canadian Heritage

April 15, 2009 18:46 ET

Statement by the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), Congratulating Winter Athletes on a Remarkable 2008-2009 Season

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 15, 2009) - On behalf of the Government of Canada and Canadians from coast to coast, I want to congratulate our Canadian athletes on their outstanding performance during this winter season.

Our athletes made history in the 2008-2009 winter season. They finished first overall in world championships with 28 medals in Olympic winter-sport events: 6 Gold, 9 Silver and 13 Bronze. They also placed fourth in overall World Cup rankings.

Our Paralympic athletes also had an amazing season. They finished first in overall World Cups, with 29 Gold medals and placed second in world championship standings.

Canadians are very proud of all our athletes and the talent, discipline, and confidence they are showcasing on the world stage.

Athletes such as:

- John Kucera, who won Canada's first-ever men's world downhill Gold

- Joannie Rochette, who won the first medal in women's figure skating in two decades

- Brian and Robin McKeever, who won two Gold medals in cross country skiing

- Lauren Woolstencroft, who won Gold in the Giant Slalom at the International Paralympic Committee world championships

With 303 days to go until Canada welcomes the world to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, our athletes are showing that they are ready to compete and win here at home. And Canadians are excited to cheer them on during what will truly be Canada's Games.

Contact Information

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