Mr. Speaker, with the conclusion of the Nagano winter Olympics, let us reflect on the true Olympic spirit. Let us spotlight the gigantic efforts of the athletes.
For me, one of the greatest examples of bravery and sportsmanship was the superhuman effort of Elvis Stojko. His silver medal is a beacon of hope to a six-year old figure skater in her first competition and an encouragement to a 106-year old facing another day.
All our Olympians exhibit what it takes to persevere and succeed. Let us not forget their families' sacrifices and support or their coaches' skill and patience. The athletes are like soldiers in the front lines sustained by unheralded communities. Olympic competition involves Canadians from all regions and walks of life.
We are grateful to all the athletes for their leadership. We say to the Olympians, their families, their coaches and communities, thank you.