Former speed skater named 2010 Chef de Mission
JEFF HODSON/METRO VANCOUVER
A three-time Olympic medalist in short-track speed skating will head Canada’s team at the 2010 Games, the Canadian Olympic Committee announced in Vancouver yesterday.
Nathalie Lambert, 44, Canada’s flag bearer during the closing ceremonies of the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, France, was named Chef de Mission for the 2010 Olympics.
As an athlete she competed in four Olympic Games and served as assistant Chef de Mission in 2004.
Her primary duties will be to act as the official spokeswoman for athletes and to assemble the mission team, a group of between 50 to 100 volunteers who will attend to the needs of the athletes.
"I didn’t realize how much was done for us," said Lambert, who won a gold medal in 1992 and a pair of silvers in 1994 in the short-track relay.
After winning gold in Albertville, Lambert said she arrived back at the Olympic village late and the cafeteria was closed. She and her teammates, who had another race a couple of days later, began to panic. They were worried that not eating would slow their recovery time.
She said a mission staff member — a volunteer on his day off — darted out into the night to get food and brought it back to the athlete’s room.
"This is the kind of the thing that people on the mission team are doing for athletes. … I don’t think it made a miracle that we ate that night, but it made a miracle in our heads."