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Canada's top diplomat in the Upper Midwest says he wishes the best of luck to all Minnesota athletes competing at the Vancouver Winter Olympics beginning February 12.In any event, the death casts a show over the competition and festivities that start this evening.
"Minnesotans should be proud their state has produced more athletes on the US team than any other state. Canada looks forward to welcoming them to Vancouver," says Consul General Martin Loken. Loken is appointed by Canada's Prime Minister to represent the Government of Canada in the Upper Midwest region and to oversee Canada's Consulate General in downtown Minneapolis.
Minnesota's nearly two dozen confirmed 2010 Olympians will be among the 5,500 athletes and team officials from 80 countries competing at world-class venues in Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia, February 12 to 28, 2010.
"Minnesotans and Canadians share a passion for winter sports. It's one of the many bonds that draw Canada and the United States together as the closest of friends, allies and neighbors," adds Loken.
The Games will showcase Canadian business and innovation. For example, Canadian environmental technologies are playing an important role in making the 2010 Winter Games the most sustainable Games to date. The Government of Canada is a proud partner of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, investing more than $1.23 billion to ensure their success.
Canada's Consulate General in Minneapolis works to promote trade and investment links, to engage citizens and decision-makers on matters of shared interest, and to assist Canadians living and traveling in the US. This year the office is celebrating 40 years in the Twin Cities. Canada is the only country with a Consulate General in Minnesota. Throughout the year, the Consulate General will hold a number of events with partners marking the 40th anniversary and the special Canada-Minnesota relationship. More information is available at www.minneapolis.gc.ca.
I really wish I wouldn't of watched that. Horrible.
Fog is neat. Makes me think I live somewhere coastal.