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7 Feb 2014

The Premier urges Québec’s athletes to live their Olympic dream to the fullest

“Our athletes are golden ambassadors for Québec.”

Premier Pauline Marois has extended her best wishes for success to the Québec athletes participating in the Sochi Winter Olympics.

“Our outstanding athletes show us what we can aspire to when talent is driven by unwavering determination and adequately supported. I sincerely hope their efforts will be rewarded,” said the Premier.

In total, 48 Québec athletes are taking part in the Games in 10 disciplines.

Most of them are receiving support from the Québec government through the Équipe Québec program.

Tribute to Richard Garneau

The Premier was also delighted that Richard Garneau was posthumously awarded the Pierre de Coubertin medal by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The recognition is among the greatest honours in the world of sport and is usually only given to athletes who have distinguished themselves in an exceptional manner through their sportsmanship.

“Thanks to the quality of his work and especially his commitment to defending the French language, Richard Garneau was an extraordinary international ambassador for Québec. The recognition of this great Quebecer is even more meaningful since the medal is being awarded to him at the site of the Olympic Games with our athletes and sport personalities in attendance. We will have an opportunity to highlight this event at a special ceremony in Québec,” said the Premier.

Richard Garneau was present at all summer Olympics from Rome in 1960 to London in 2012 (with the exception of Atlanta) and all winter Olympics from Innsbruck in 1964 to Vancouver in 2010 (with the exception of Nagano).

He is the journalist who covered the most Olympic Games of all time. This recognition comes in addition to the numerous awards he received during his long career.

List of Québec’s athletes at Sochi:

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