OTTAWA, ONTARIO – March 17, 2009 – Canadians from coast to coast to coast can recall that one special moment during an Olympic Winter Games that captured their imagination and was a source of national pride. Which one stands above the rest in your mind?

The Royal Canadian Mint and Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium are inviting Canadians to vote on the Top 10 Canadian Olympic Winter Moments of all time. The Top 3 moments will be featured on 25-cent coins, each with a mintage of 22 million, and will enter into circulation in the fall of 2009, leading up to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. The results of the Top 10 Canadian Olympic Winter Moments will be revealed in a one-hour prime-time broadcast special, in English and French, in September 2009 on CTV, TSN and RDS.

The following are the Top 10 Moments to choose from:

  • Nancy Greene – gold medal and silver medal, alpine skiing, Grenoble 1968
  • Gaétan Boucher – two gold medals and one bronze medal, speed skating, Sarajevo 1984
  • Marc Gagnon – gold medal, short track speed skating, Salt Lake City 2002
  • Catriona Le May Doan – gold medal, speed skating, Salt Lake City 2002
  • Men’s Hockey Team – gold medal, Salt Lake City 2002
  • Women’s Hockey Team – gold medal, Salt Lake City 2002
  • Jamie Salé and David Pelletier – gold medal, figure skating, Salt Lake City 2002
  • Beckie Scott – gold medal, cross-country skiing, Salt Lake City 2002
  • Cindy Klassen – one gold medal, two silver medals and two bronze medals, speed skating, Torino 2006
  • Clara Hughes – gold medal, speed skating, Torino 2006

To vote and for full contest rules and regulations, simply log on to www.CTVolympics.ca or www.RDSolympiques.ca by March 25th.

Vote today and enter for a chance to win one of two trips for two to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games!

About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2000 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. The Mint is an Official Supporter of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and has undertaken to produce the most extensive circulation coin program in relation to the 2010 Winter Games ever conceived by any mint worldwide, while also offering limited mintage collector coins and sets. Visit www.mint.ca/2010 for Vancouver 2010 keepsakes and gifts.

About Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium
Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium is a unique relationship between leading media conglomerates CTV Inc. and Rogers Media Inc., which together will provide unprecedented coverage and consumer choice in English, French and multi-languages on multiple platforms for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the London 2012 Olympic Games. Official brands include CTV, TSN, RDS, RIS Info-Sports, Rogers Sportsnet, OMNI, OLN, TQS, APTN, ATN, MuchMusic, CTVOlympics.ca, RDSolympiques.ca, The Globe and Mail and select Rogers radio stations across the country.

For further information, please contact:

Christine Aquino
Director, Communications
Royal Canadian Mint
(613) 993-9999
aquino@mint.ca
Andrea Goldstein
Director, Communications
Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium
(416) 384-7575
andrea.goldstein@ctv.ca