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PM congratulates Canadian athletes on Olympic medals

Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today congratulated the women’s eight rowing crew on their silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

“I would like to congratulate the women’s eight rowing crew for their remarkable performance today,” said the Prime Minister. “This is definitely one of the highlights of the Games so far, and we are extremely excited that our Olympic team has captured another silver medal.”

The women’s eight rowing crew trains out of London, Ontario. Its members are Ashley Brzozowicz, Krista Guloien, Janine Hanson, Darcy Marquardt, Natalie Mastracci, Andréanne Morin, Rachelle Viinberg, Lauren Wilkinson and Lesley Thompson-Willie.

This is the first Olympic medal for all crew members, with the exception of Ms. Thompson-Willie – the first Canadian athlete to win medals in five different Olympic Games.

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games are being held from July 27 to August 12 in London, United Kingdom. Canada is being represented by more than 275 athletes who are competing in a 26 sport program scheduled around London. More than 10,500 athletes, coaches and team officials from at least 200 countries are participating in these Summer Olympic Games.

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