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July 19, 2008
Dual press conferences to announce Canada's flag bearers

Flag bearer, judo athlete Nicolas Gill leads team Canada during opening ceremonies for the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games on August 13, 2004 at the Sports Complex Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

MONTREAL/TORONTO, July 19, 2008 - The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) will introduce Canada's flag bearer for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at two separate press conferences in Montreal and Toronto on Wednesday, July 23.

The COC will also officially name the complete Canadian Olympic Team for the Games.

Canada's flag bearer will join the press conferences either in person or through telephone or video conference, dependent on his or her availability.

The COC says the 2008 Canadian Olympic Team is anticipated to number up to 330 athletes, including nine returning medallists from Athens 2004 and at least five full "team" sports. Certain athlete injury exemptions and quota positions, including those for men's basketball and men's and women's beach volleyball, still need to be determined prior to the July 23 announce date.

MONTREAL News Conference

WHEN: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 9 a.m.

WHO: 2008 Olympic Flag Bearer - TBA

Sylvie Bernier - Canada's 2008 Chef de Mission, Olympic gold medallist from 1984

(Diving)

Michael Chambers - President, Canadian Olympic Committee

Caroline Assalian - Executive Director, Olympic Preparation & Games

WHERE: Olympic Stadium Auditorium Room, 3200 Viau Street, Montreal (loading

dock entrance)

TORONTO News Conference

WHEN: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 3 p.m.

WHO: 2008 Olympic Flag Bearer - TBA

Sylvie Bernier - Canada's 2008 Chef de Mission, Olympic gold medallist in 1984 (Diving)

Chris Rudge - CEO and Secretary General, Canadian Olympic Committee

Peter Giles - Canada's 2008 Assistant Chef de Mission, 1996 Olympian (Canoe-Kayak)

Caroline Assalian - Executive Director, Olympic Preparation & Games

WHERE: Royal York Hotel Territories Room, Main Mezzanine, 100 Front Street

West, Toronto

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