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Sport has always played an important role in the life of Canadians. Think of sports in Canada and you'll likely think of hockey. Hockey is by far Canada's favourite spectator sport and one of its most widely played recreational sports. Some of the world's best-known hockey players are CanadianBut ask young Canadians to list their favourite sports activities and a much broader picture emerges. Those aged 13 to 24 cite swimming, downhill and cross-country skiing, soccer, baseball, tennis and basketball. Canadians view sports as an integral part of a well-rounded, healthy life. The international role of Canadian sports is very big. More than 60 national teams take part in international competition. Canada has a wealth of technical and administrative sport expertise that it shares with other countries through various programs and exchanges. Canada has hosted almost every major international sports competition: the Summer and Winter Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Pan-American Games, World University Games, and Special Olympics. The 1999 Pan-American Games was taking place in Winnipeg. In 2001, Canada will host its first Jeux de la Francophonie in Ottawa-Hull.

Sports on Ice and Snow

More than 450,000 youngsters participate in organized hockey leagues. Many more play on streets, lakes and outdoor rinks and even dream of joining the National Hockey League (NHL). The majority of the NHL players are Canadian and Canadians have fared extremely well in international amateur hockey competition. The Men's Junior National Team has won five consecutive World Junior Championships. The Men's National Team captured silver medals in the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympic Games. The Women's National Team has won every world championship played. Canada's Paralympic sledge hockey team won the silver at the 1998 Paralympic Games in Nagano. Canada also excels in figure skating. A vast network of figure-skating clubs throughout the country has produced a long line of world and Olympic medalists, from Barbara Ann Scott and Elizabeth Manley to Toller Cranston and Elvis Stojko, who is among the latest group of Canadians to excel in international figure skating and won a gold medal at the World Championships in 1997. The pairs team of Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz, who won a bronze medals at the World Championships in both 1997 and 1998. Canadian speed skaters showed their prowess at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics, where they captured one bronze and three silver medals. Speed skating (both long-track and short-track) is where Canada truly shines. Speed skating has produced Canada's great Winter Olympian, Gaetan Boucher, the winner of two gold medals and a bronze at the 1984 Olympics. They more than doubled that at the 1998 Winter Olynpic Games in Nagano with five medals in the long-track and four in short-track. Skiing is a sport that has captured the hearts of Canadians. The country has hundreds of ski areas, including world-renowned resorts in Banff, Alberta, and Whistler, British Columbia. Also Canada proves an abundance of cross-country ski trails. In international competition, Canadian skiers have excelled on the World Cup circuit and at the Winter Olympic Games. The first Paralympic Games were held in Sweden in 1976. Canada has been an early and committed supporter of the Paralympics, participating since 1976. There were 12 countries competed in alpine and cross-country events. At the 1998 Winter Paralympic games in Nagano, 32 countries competed in three additional sports: sledge hockey, sledge ice racing, and biathlon. Canada sent 32 athletes there and they returned with their best-ever result: 15 medals. Canada's sportsmen won gold medals at Nagano in two new Olympic sports: snowboarding and curling (women's). Both are enjoyed by thousands of Canadians. Snowboarding is one of the fastest-growing sports in the nation, and Canada's curlers number almost 400,000.

Sports Variety

A variety of warm-weather sports are played in Canada. These include swimming, sailing, windsurfing, rowing, track and field, tennis, football, soccer, rugby, field hockey and golf. Soccer, the world's most popular sport, is now entrenched in Canada with a large base of young competitors and a professional league. Baseball and softball are popular recreational sports in Canada, with countless local teams and leagues in operation in the summer and autumn. The sport of basketball, invented by Canadian James Naismith, with almost 650,000 participants. Major-league baseball teams in Montreal and Toronto attract millions of spectators every season. In 1992, the Toronto Blue Jays became the first team outside the United States to win the World Series. In terms of spectator appeal, professional baseball and football rank with hockey at the top of the list. The annual Grey Cup game is traditionally one of the most watched sports events in Canada.Swimming is not only one of the most popular recreational sports in Canada, it is also a powerhouse event for Canadian athletes in international competition. Canadian sportsmen have won more than 50 Olympic medals in swimming competitions since the 1912 Summer Games in Stockholm. Canada's swim team ended the 1998 World Cup short-course season in spectacular fashion, winning 8 medals including a gold for Jessica Deglau in the women's 200 m butterfly. Canada has also been a world leader in synchronized swimming since the sport began more than 50 years ago. Synchronized swimming reached full medal status at the 1988 Summer Olympic Games, where Carolyn Waldo won two gold medals for Canada. Rowing has also enjoyed a recent upsurge in popularity in Canada following tremendous success on the international circuit. Canada won four gold and one bronze in rowing at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games, and followed up in the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games by winning six medals. The Department of Canadian Heritage, through Sport Canada, provides funding and support to high-performance sporting excellence and fairness in sport. It works with partners to support Canadian sportsmen and to link sport organizations at the community. It helps and contributes to the hosting of amateur competitions - international, national and inter-provincial. Nothing unites Canadians like sport. Over 9 million Canadians participate regularly in one or more sports at some level. The federal government recently announced additional funding for sport of $10 million a year over five years. These funds will directly support high-performance sportsmen and provide additional opportunities for athletes to train. Canada also supports international events because during such events the whole world becomes a global village, united in its love of sport and in its appreciation for the excellence of all athletes. More than anything else, sport reflects what Canadians value most: the pursuit of excellence, fairness and ethics.
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