Prime Minister Stephen Harper congratulates Christine Nesbitt on Olympic Gold Medal
February 18, 2021
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper today congratulated Christine Nesbitt, whose exceptional performance today in the Ladies 1000-metre Long Track Speed skating event was rewarded with a gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
“I offer my sincere congratulations to Christine Nesbitt on her wonderful gold medal performance in speed skating,” said the Prime Minister. Today, Christine becomes part of an elite group in the sporting world. She is an inspiration to all Canadians.”
Ms. Nesbitt was born in Australia and resides in Calgary. This is her second medal in her second Olympic Games, having won silver in Turin in the team pursuit. She is the 2009 World Champion in 1,000 metres and team pursuit and the 2009 World bronze medalist in 1,500 metres.
The Prime Minister spoke to Ms. Nesbitt following her victory. He told her that the whole country is thrilled and proud, but to keep working hard and not to put her feet up yet. Prime Minister Harper also told Ms. Nesbitt that while he was in a meeting when she won, he heard the cheering in the next room and that her win is a great moment for Canada.
The 2010 Olympic Winter Games are being held from February 12 to 28. Canada will be represented by more than 200 athletes who will compete in a 15-sport competition schedule at nine venues in Vancouver, Richmond and Whistler. More than 5500 athletes, coaches and team officials from more than 80 countries are participating in these Olympic Games.
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