Canadian Olympians honoured in Calgary's Parade of Champions
Athletes and coaches in city for downtown parade, Stampede breakfast to celebrate success at Sochi
Some of Canada's finest athletes were in Calgary this morning as the city got its chance to celebrate the country’s Olympic champions.
To mark Canada’s great success in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) hosted the Parade of Champions on Friday morning.
Canada’s athletes took home 25 medals from the Sochi Games, including 10 gold.
Figure skater Patrick Chan, who won a silver medal, called it an important day.
"To recognize the hard work we put in and also, most importantly, to say thank you to the fans in Canada, across Canada because they're the ones who pushed us and made us feel at home back in Sochi. The support was overwhelming."
The celebration started with a Stampede breakfast at Olympic Plaza.
The Sochi Olympic and Paralympic athletes then assembled for a parade down Stephen Avenue and back to Olympic Plaza where the crowd cheered the newly white-hatted athletes.
"It's been a lot of fun. It's kind of what you dream of," said speed skater Gilmore Junio.
There was a celebration with entertainment and speeches hosted by CBC Calgary's Doug Dirks and Rosa Marchitelli.
In the evening, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place.
Organizers hope the sold-out event will raise $2 million for the Canadian Olympic Committee.
Among those headed to the hall — Gold medal gymnast Kyle Shewfelt and the late Ralph Klein, former Calgary mayor and Alberta premier, for his role in bringing the 1988 games to the city.