Olympic Bobsleigh and Skeleton Medallists Rocket into new Season with Canadian Juno Award Winning Artist
October 5, 2010
TORONTO—Canada’s Olympic bobsleigh and skeleton medallists will be driving to the beats of a new theme song this winter created specifically for the team by Juno Award-winning artist Melanie Doane.
Seven of Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton’s Olympic medallists, along with the team’s title sponsor Visa, joined the Canadian-born singer-songwriter on Tuesday in Toronto to unveil Doane’s spirited new song “Here on Top of the World.” The piece was written and produced to celebrate a season of excellence in 2010, while honouring the 20th Anniversary of women’s bobsleigh.
“I think the lyrics speak to the strength and sheer power of these athletes when we see them performing in their sport,” said Doane. “While performing the song, I see these incredibly inspiring Canadians on the podium – ‘here on top of the world’ – and it is a reminder of the excitement and pride we all felt as Canadians watching these rocking athletes’ spectacular performances during the 2010 season.”
Highlighted by four electrifying Olympic medals on the track at the Whistler Sliding Centre, including a gold in women’s bobsleigh by Calgary’s Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse of Summerside, P.E.I, a silver in women’s bobsleigh by Calgary’s Helen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown of Pickering, Ont., Jon Montgomery’s (Russell, Man.) incredible victory in men’s skeleton followed by his famed stroll through Whistler Village, and a historic bronze medal in the men’s four-man bobsleigh race by Lyndon Rush, of Humboldt, Sask., Edmonton’s David Bissett, and Calgarians Chris Le Bihan and Lascelles Brown, Canadian athletes also captured 10 skeleton and seven bobsleigh medals on the World Cup circuit. Mellisa Hollingsworth, of Eckville, Alta., who finished third at the 2006 Olympics, also won the Overall World Cup title in skeleton after racking up seven medals in eight races last season.
“Spectacular and consistent performances on the track, an unbelievable Olympics at home in Vancouver, and now the 20th anniversary of women’s bobsleigh in Canada has given us, as a team, and all Canadians a lot to be proud of, and inspired by in 2010,” said Canada’s golden girl, Kaillie Humphries. “As we now set our sights on this season, and ultimately the 2014 Games in Sochi, the release of such an inspiring song by Melanie Doane will help us continue that momentum of inspiring young Canadians to take up sport, live healthy and active lifestyles, and support us in our quest to continue to own the podium in the sports of bobsleigh and skeleton.”
Using music to inspire medal-winning performances is nothing new to Humphries and teammate Heather Moyse. In the moments before the powerful Canadian duo broke the track record three times in their four runs down the lightening fast Whistler track at the Olympics, Humphries and Moyse were bouncing around the start house with their headphones on to the tunes of a country music song called “Big Green Tractor.” Following the women’s historic Olympic medal presentation where Canada finished one-two, the four Canadian women rocked out with “The Roots” live on-stage in front of thousands of screaming Canadians at Whistler Medals Plaza.
Canada’s sliders will be looking to build on the astonishing total of 184 Olympic, World Championship and World Cup medals won since 2002, as they begin a new track to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. The Canadian sleds will be in good hands with each of Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton’s 2010 Olympic and World Cup medallists returning for the 2011 season.
Once again Visa Canada will play a critical role in fuelling the drive for Canadian athletes’ quest for the international podium. An ardent supporter of Canada’s bobsleigh athletes since 1992 and the skeleton team’s pursuit of excellence since 2004, Visa supports Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton in a variety of unique ways that helps the teams manage practical costs associated with training, coaching, travel and equipment that enables athletes to focus on training and performance.
“After witnessing world-class performances by our Canadian bobsleigh and skeleton athletes at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, Visa – a long-term sponsor of amateur sport in Canada – is thrilled to help Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton kick-off the upcoming season,” said Brenda Woods, Head of Marketing, Visa Canada.
Visa will be the presenting sponsor of Canada’s bobsleigh and skeleton athletes’ first two World Cup competitions of the season in Whistler, B.C. and Calgary. The world’s best sliding sport athletes will kick off the 2010-11 season at the Whistler Sliding Centre, November 22-28, before travelling east to Calgary for the second event of the season at Canada Olympic Park, November 29 to December 5.
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