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Mount-Royal, November 25, 2008 – Alongside triple swimming gold medal winner at the Bejing Paralympic Games Valérie Grand’Maison, a Mount Royal native, Mayor Vera Danyluk announced today that the Olympic torch will be passing through on its way to the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. Sports fans will get an opportunity to admire it in Mount Royal on December 10, 2009.

« It will be an exciting day » says Vera Danyluk. « Once it has been completed, the Olympic Torch Relay will have been welcomed in over 1,000 communities across Canada. I urge Mount Royal residents, schools and businesses to take part in the event, even just to watch it. They can also sign up as torchbearers. »

For her part, Miss Grand’Maison, who also won two silver and one bronze medals and  holds two world records set at the Bejing Games, is pleased that her hometown was one of the Canadian communities chosen for the Olympic Torch Relay.  « As an athlete, I am delighted that part of the Olympic fever is being brought here. And I am sure that it will be a source of great pride for the entire community. Seeing the torch sparkle from afar and feeling the excitement mount as it gets closer makes you feel that you are part of something very special. »

The Olympic Torch Relay route is available at www.vancouver2010.com and residents who wish to apply to be torchbearers can find all the necessary information on the iCoke.ca and rbc.com/carrythetorch sites, which are held by the Relay’s main commercial partners.

The Pan-Canadian journey of the Olympic torch will last 106 days and will begin on October 30, 2009. It will be in Mount Royal on Day 42 of the Relay. The culminating moment of the Relay will take place on February 12, 2010, when the torch arrives in Vancouver and is seen by billions of people during the opening ceremonies. The route for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay will be the longest national relay in the history of the Games.