Parade of Champions!

Highlighting the parade of Olympic champions in Calgary on June 6, 2014 will be more than two hundred athletes and coaches who have reached spectacular success in the world of sport. Many of our favourite Olympians and Paralympians will take part in the event. Starting with the Calgary Stampede Pancake Breakfast at 1000, the celebration will continue to the afternoon. The parade will tart at 1130 from 10 Ave SW and running along 8 St SW to end at the Olympic Plaza. The Olympic Committee has planned a first class event with live entertainment and interaction with coaches and athletes. There will be opportunities for autographs while you are meeting these incredible people. Many will speak at the event usually through an onstage interview session. Some of our champions who have confirmed their attendance are World silver medallist bobsledder Jesse Lumsden, Olympic champion curler Jennifer Jones, Olympic champion curler Brad Jacobs, Olympic silver medallist women’s skater Kaetlyn Osmond, Olympic champion men’s skater Patrick Chan, Olympic champion ice dancer Tessa Virtue, Olympic champion ice dancer Scott Moir, Olympic champion and silver medallist women’s moguls Maxime and Justine Dufour-Lapointe, double Olympic champion men’s moguls Alex Bilodeau, and silver medallist speed skater Denny Morrison. Paralympic athletes taking part include triple gold medallist para-Nordic skier Brian McKeever, opening ceremony flag bearer and wheelchair curling gold medallist Sonja Gaudet, closing ceremony flag bearer and para-alpine gold and silver medallist Josh Dueck, and many more.
Many of the favourite characters of the 2014 Sochi Olympics will attend. In his first Olympic games, Calgarian Gilmore Junio placed tenth in the five hundred meter speed racing and was awarded a special commemorative medal for his part in the success of the speed skating team on May 15, 2014 in Kitchener. With a swell of pride, many Canadians were in tears when this fine athlete gave his place in the Olympics to another athlete. Personal considerations aside, he felt Denny Morrison had a better chance at winning a medal for the Canadian team. Of course, we know that Morrison won the silver and focused the entire team on their pursuit of Olympic glory. The commemorative medal was a special honour in that $7000 was raised through a crowd-sourcing fundraising effort. While many Canadians will celebrate the hockey players who will achieve both a gold medal and a Stanley Cup in the same year, we will all be happy to celebrate Junio’s contribution again and again.
One of the favourite athletes of the London Olympics is Karine Sergerie. She was a top eight performer in Taekwondo after following up on her silver medal performance at the Beijing Olympics. As one of the many athletes who retire from the pressures of Olympic sport, she is a reminder of the glory and the effort that follows great athletes through the Olympic journey. Suffering from chronic back pain and working through depression she is an ongoing icon of success in life. Olympic champion Clara Hughes is cycling throughout Canada to raise awareness about mental health. Almost all athletes have overcome their challenges to meet their goals and make Canadians proud. The dedication of our youth to find success in the Olympics is most poignant when they overcome mental challenges.
Alex Bilodeau thrilled us with a repeat performance in the opening days at Sochi. Under the pressure of a strong field of challengers, he responded with another incredible performance. He is the first athlete to win gold on the soil of his home country and this performance ranks up there in personal achievement.
The Olympics will always be a family affair thanks to Maxime, Chloe and Justine Dufour-Lapointe. Their competition at the beginning of the Sochi Olympics built filial piety throughout Canada. Surely van sales took off as parents shrugged off the early mornings and long drives to sports practices.
Some of the other favourites are also expected to attend the Parade of Champions. Women’s bobsledders Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse are the extreme sport darlings of winter sport. Other than their gender, they take part in one of the most old school of the winter Olympic sports but they have made a unique, Canadian statement about speed, strength, stamina, and gender.
The Olympic hockey teams are the stars of any event and we hope to see many of this countries best known athletes at the parade of champions. Many of the men’s team members are close to our mind due to the playoffs and we will enjoy reliving the improbable gold medal game of the women’s team. The puck interfered with by the official and hitting the goal post is a sports story that could not be fiction. Heroes forever to boys and girls, men and women of Canada, they deserve all the accolades they receive.