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Media Advisory: International Torchbearers Update

Vancouver, BC, Nov. 10, 2009 – Eleven international torchbearers still have their spine-tingling torch runs ahead of them during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, presented by Coca-Cola and RBC and supported by the Government of Canada.

Two new additions to the international media program include Matthew Pinsent, a four-time Olympic gold-medal-winning rower; and an anchor from NBC’s Today Show. Olympic figure skater Katarina Witt and Olympic tennis player Nicolas Kiefer will not be participating in the torch relay as scheduled.

The international media program was developed by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) in collaboration with the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC). The international torchbearers—comprised of former Olympic athletes as well as entertainers and media celebrities—are carrying the flame to share the Olympic spirit while inspiring a global audience with images from Canada.

Still to come:

  • Nov. 17: Olympic speed skater Ikue Teshigawara from Japan in Port Hawkesbury, NS
  • Nov. 22: Olympic speed skater Yang Yang from China in Summerside, PEI
  • Nov. 24: Olympic swimmer César Cielo from Brazil at Hopewell Rocks, NB
  • Dec. 3: Torchbearer to be confirmed in Québec City, QC
  • Dec. 17: Bollywood star Akshay Kumar from India in Toronto, ON
  • Jan. 7: Olympic ski jumper Michael “Eddie the Eagle” Edwards from the UK in Winnipeg, MB
  • Jan. 11: Olympic figure skater Philippe Candeloro from France in Wanuskewin Heritage Park, SK 
  • Jan. 19: Canadian-German opera singer Anna Maria Kaufmann from Germany in Calgary, AB
  • Jan. 25: Olympic speed skater Ye Qiaobo from China in Osoyoos, BC
  • Feb. 5: Olympic rower Matthew Pinsent from the UK in Whistler, BC
  • Feb. 11: An NBC Today Show anchor from the US in Burnaby, BC


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For further information please contact:

Jitka Licenik
Corporate Communications Advisor
Canadian Tourism Commission
Tel: 604 638-2482
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