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Royal Canadian Mint congratulates Canada’s Olympic Team

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Lucky Loonies being sent to communities as thanks for supporting their medal-winning athletes

OTTAWA, Feb. 24, 2014 /CNW/ - The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to congratulate Team Canada for its many accomplishments at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Games, earning an outstanding 25 medals.

"Our athletes made Canadians from coast to coast to coast extremely proud during a riveting 16 days of competition," said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "As we reflect on their achievements, the Mint recognizes that such success also belongs to each athlete's community, whether it be family, friends, teammates or coaches, who have supported them on their remarkable journey".

The Mint is pleased to announce that a 2014 Lucky Loonie displayed in a special commemorative frame will be sent to each medalist's hometown* later this week to highlight their commitment to Canada's athletes.  This special keepsake will also serve as a reminder of the world-class performances delivered during the Games.

2014 Lucky Loonies will be sent to the following hometowns:

Summerside, PE: Heather Moyse - Gold Bobsleigh - 2-Man - Women
Sainte-Julie, QC: Charles Hamelin - Gold Speed Skating - Short Track 1,500m - Men
Quebec City, QC: Kim Lamarre - Bronze Freestyle Skiing - Slopestyle - Women
Montreal, QC: Justine Dufour-Lapointe - Gold Freestyle Skiing -  Moguls - Women
Chloé Dufour-Lapointe - Silver Freestyle Skiing - Moguls - Women
Alexandre Bilodeau - Gold Freestyle Skiing - Moguls - Men
Deux-Montagnes, QC: Mikaël Kingsbury -  Silver Freestyle Skiing - Moguls - Men
Petite-Rivière-Saint- François, QC : Dominique Maltais - Silver Snowboarding - Snowboard Cross - Women
Boucherville, QC: Charle Cournoyer - Bronze Speed Skating - Short Track 500m - Men
Huntsville, ON: Dara Howell - Gold Freestyle Skiing - Slopestyle - Women
Toronto, ON: Patrick Chan - Silver Figure Skating - Men
London, ON: Tessa Virtue - Silver Figure Skating - Ice Dance - Free Dance
Ilderton, ON: Scott Moir - Silver Figure Skating - Ice Dance - Free Dance
Sault Ste.Marie, ON: Brad Jacobs; Ryan Fry; E.J. Harnden; Ryan Harnden; and Caleb Flaxey - Gold Curling - Men
Winnipeg, MB: Jennifer Jones; Kaitlyn Lawes; Jill Officer; Dawn McEwen; and Kirsten Wall - Gold Curling - Women
Regina, SK: Mark McMorris - Bronze Snowboarding - Slopestyle - Men
Calgary, AB: Jan Hudec - Bronze Alpine Skiing - Super-G - Men
Calgary, AB:  Kaillie Humphries - Gold Bobsleigh - 2-Man - Women
Sherwood Park, AB: Mike Riddle - Silver Freestyle Skiing - Halfpipe - Men
Fort St. John, BC: Denny Morrison - Silver1 and Bronze2 Speed Skating - Long Track 1,000m1 and 1,500m2 - Men
Whistler, BC: Marielle Thompson - Gold Freestyle Skiing - Ski Cross - Women
Kelowna, BC: Kelsey Serwa - Silver Freestyle Skiing - Ski Cross - Women
     
*For larger team event medalists, the 2014 Lucky Loonie will be sent to the following national sporting organizations:
     
Skate Canada
(Ottawa, ON):
Patrick Chan; Kevin Reynolds; Kaetlyn Osmond; Tessa Virtue; Scott Moir; Kirsten Moore-Towers; Dylan Moscovitch; Meagan Duhamel; Eric Radford - Silver Figure Skating - Team Event
Speed Skating Canada (Ottawa, ON): Marianne St-Gelais; Valérie Maltais; Marie-Ève Drolet; and Jessica Hewitt- Silver Speed Skating - Short Track 3,000m Relay - Women
Hockey Canada
(Ottawa, ON):
Team Canada - Gold Ice Hockey - Women
Hockey Canada
(Ottawa, ON):
Team Canada - Gold Ice Hockey - Men

Five million 2014 Lucky Loonies were produced and will enter into circulation on January 20th. Canadians are encouraged to look for the coin in their change or visit www.mint.ca/luckyloonie.

Canadians looking for another keepsake of our athletes' amazing performances in Sochi can acquire a 99.99% pure silver collector version of the 2014 Lucky Loonie. Adorned with a full-colour logo of the Canadian Olympic Team and limited to a mintage of only 15,000 coins, the 2014 Fine Silver Lucky Loonie retails for $39.95 CAD.

About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2008 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. For more information on the Mint, its products and services, visit. www.mint.ca.

Lucky Loonie images are available by visiting ftp://communications:RCM2007@ftp.mint.ca.

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