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Canadian Olympic Hero Catriona Le May Doan Named Honourary Coach of Special Olympics Team Canada


Olympic and World Champion Speed Skater Catriona Le May Doan has been named Honourary Coach of Canada’s Special Olympics team, currently preparing to compete at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in the Republic of Korea in January.

“I have been fortunate to win many titles, but this one is very, very close to my heart,” said Le May Doan, “I just got back from visiting with Special Olympics Team Canada’s snowshoeing, alpine and cross-country ski teams at their training camp in Canmore, Alberta, and I’m every bit as excited about the upcoming Special Olympics World Winter Games as they are!”

“Catriona has been a stalwart supporter of Special Olympics Canada for many years, mentoring and inspiring our athletes to achieve their true potential.  To have her as our Honourary Coach is an absolutely perfect fit,” said Sharon Bollenbach, Senior Vice President, Sport & Strategic Initiatives, Special Olympics Canada.

Le May Doan will be part of the Special Olympics Team Canada send-off in Vancouver on January 24, and will travel to South Korea for the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang.

The games run from January 29 to February 5, and will be the world’s largest sporting event in 2013 and second only in size to the Olympic Games.  Special Olympics Canada is sending a 146 member contingent of athletes, coaches and mission staff.  Special Olympics Team Canada athletes will compete in alpine and cross-country skiing, figure skating, floor hockey, snowshoeing and speed skating.