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25 Jan 2005
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Canada Aims To Own The Podium In 2010

Events across Canada on Friday 21 January announced an ambitious plan to earn Canada a record haul of medals in 2010. The programme, entitled "Own The Podium", targets a total of 35 medals. The programme is backed by a partnership including the Canadian Olympic Committee, Sport Canada, the Canadian winter sports federations, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Organising Committee for the XXI Olympic Winter Games (VANOC).

No Rest Until Success
The Own The Podium programme aims to give Canadian athletes more than just home court advantage in 2010. Athletes are to be provided with fresh coaching, training camps and access to new technology and techniques. The programme will be funded with CDN 110 million, with VANOC and the Canadian government expected to be the sources: "We're not going to rest until they have that money and that support that they need," said VANOC CEO John Furlong.

The Right Direction
“I know that Canadian athletes possess the ability for greater podium finishes,” said Clara Hughes, two-time Olympic medallist in speed skating and cycling. “We simply need the coaching, medical and technical support to be able to compete on a level playing field with other countries. This programme has great potential to take things in the right direction.”

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