Maurice Gagné, Sylvie Fréchette, Curt Harnett & Pierre Harvey Head List of 2006 Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame Inductees

Two-time Olympic medallist Sylvie Fréchette, three-time Olympic medallist Curt Harnett and two-sport Olympian Pierre Harvey head a list of six inductees enshrined in the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.

Fréchette, Harnett and Harvey were each inducted in the athlete category. The 1920 Winnipeg Falcons was enshrined in the team category while Dr. Douglas Clement and Maurice Gagné were inducted as a coach and builder respectively.

“Being inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame is one of the most meaningful and enduring honours a member of our Olympic Family can earn,” said Canadian Olympic Committee President Michael Chambers. “Together, tonight’s inductees represent Canadian Olympism at its highest level and we congratulate them on their achievements and the legacy they have left us.”

The Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame recognizes those who have served the cause of the Olympic Movement with distinction. Hosted by Olympic diving gold medallist Sylvie Bernier, the induction ceremony took place at the Théâtre Capitole de Québec in Quebec City.

The evening's inductees includes:

Builder Category

Maurice Gagné (speed skating, Charlesbourg, Que.), founded more than 30 speed skating clubs between 1967 and 1990 and was instrumental in attracting many international speed skating events to Quebec.


Athlete Category

Sylvie Fréchette (synchronized swimming, Laval, Que.), gold medallist (solo) at the 1992 Olympic Games and silver medallist (team) at the 1996 Olympic Games.

Curt Harnett (cycling, Thunder Bay, Ont.), silver medallist (1,000 metres) at the 1984 Olympic Games and bronze medallist (sprint) at both the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games.

Pierre Harvey (cross-country skiing and cycling, Rimouski, Que.), the first male athlete from Quebec to participate in both the Olympic and Olympic Winter Games in the same year.


Team Category

1920 Winnipeg Falcons (ice hockey, Winnipeg, Man.), captured the first ever Olympic gold medal in ice hockey at the 1920 Olympic Games.


Coach Category

Dr. Douglas Clement (athletics, Vancouver, B.C.), co-founded one of the premier track clubs in Canada – the Richmond Kajaks and coached several top-ranking athletes to the international level.

Full biographies of the inductees are available at www.olympic.ca.

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