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/C O R R E C T I O N from source — Canadian Heritage/

January 24, 2013

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Harper Government Announces Funding to Help Canadian Athletes Strive for
Gold in Sochi

CALGARY, Jan. 24, 2013 /CNW/ – The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of
State (Sport), today announced the Harper Government’s funding for
winter sport organizations in preparation for the upcoming 2014 Sochi
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

“Our Government is proud to support our high-performance athletes as
they prepare for Sochi,” said Minister of State Gosal. “Along with all
Canadians, I look forward to cheering on our athletes next winter at
the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

The Harper Government is providing support to 11 winter national sport
organizations through Sport Canada’s Sport Support Program. The sports receiving funding are alpine skiing, biathlon,
bobsleigh/skeleton/luge, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating,
freestyle skiing, hockey, ski jumping, snowboarding, and speed skating.

“Canadians love hearing our national anthem and seeing the Canadian flag
raised above the podium,” said Anne Merklinger, CEO, Own the Podium.
“Thanks to the leadership of the Government of Canada, this is the
largest investment ever for Canada’s winter-sport athletes heading into
the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Our primary goal over the next year
is to ensure all medal-targeted national sport organizations and
athletes have complete access to the resources they require to be fully
prepared to achieve Canada’s performance goals, and in turn, give the
country more opportunities to see its flag raised above the podiums in

“Today’s announcement is not only important but motivating for our
athletes, and we extremely appreciate the Harper Government’s efforts
to boost our athletes’ focus and determination for gold in Russia next
year,” said Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee. “The
Canadian Olympic Committee is investing unprecedented support directly
for athletes because they are at the core of what our country stands
for: pride, determination, and excellence.”

“We are extremely proud of our winter athletes’ achievements thus far as
the winter international season gets underway. We are seeing very
competitive results from several of our Sochi hopefuls, and this sets
us quite well leading into the Paralympic Games year,” said
Ozzie Sawicki, Chef de Mission for the 2014 Canadian Winter Paralympic
Team. “Our objective is to finish top 3 in gold medal count for Sochi,
continuing the tradition from Vancouver 2010. Our athletes and coaches
have embraced the challenge, and we will work with our sport partners
at ensuring optimal training environment for our athletes to compete at
their best in 2014.”

Canada currently ranks third in overall Olympic winter sport World Cup
medal totals as athletes enter the world championship and Sochi test
event sections of their schedules. These two final measuring tools will
help identify the work that remains to be done over the next 13 months.
Canada’s Paralympic athletes are also on track to reach their 2014
goals; they currently sit third overall in the World Cup standings.

The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in
Canada and supports participation and excellence from playground to
podium. The Government of Canada is providing $31 million to 11 winter
national sport organizations and the Canadian Sport Centres through
Sport Canada’s Sport Support Program. In addition to the funding announced today, more than $6.9 million was
provided through the Athlete Assistance Program in 2012-2013 to assist our winter sport athletes with training and
living expenses.

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

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