Chan benefits from Olympic funding

By TERRY JONES, QMI Agency



B2ten, a group of anonymous businessmen across Canada, have thrown financial support behind a number of Canadian athletes heading into the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

One of the athletes to benefit from the support is figure skater Patrick Chan.

"The Chan family has made every sacrifice possible," said B2ten's mergers and acquisitions consultant J.D. Miller. "Asked what he needed, Patrick said his spins needed to be better and he needed coaching in Colorado Springs for that. He said his jumps needed to be better and that meant going to Baltimore. He said he could afford to go three times, but he really needed to go nine times."

Chan said the funding has been a blessing.

"B2ten's targeted assistance allowed me to access top-notch specialists: Christy Krall for video imaging to solidify sound jump technique, Bobby Shire to enhance fast and innovative spins and Lori Nichol for creative body movement to music and challenging footwork. I'm so grateful for B2ten's unqualified support and the support for my family as well," said Chan, who won silver at last year's Worlds.

In the case of ice dancer Tessa Virtue, B2ten played a major role in her recovery from surgery on her legs in October 2008.

"B2ten carried out a comprehensive assessment of my post-surgical rehabilitation situation and assembled professional resources to help address my specific therapeutic needs," she said. "It's been the difference in obtaining my Olympic goal. Everyone involved at B2ten has been extremely competent, unbelievably generous and enthusiastic with their support. There simply aren't enough superlatives to describe my experience with B2ten."

The best thing about B2ten is that it won't stop when Vancouver 2010 ends like so much of the funding that's given Canadian athletes a chance to be their best on home ice and snow.

"We'll still be hard at it," said Goss, of moving on to elite athletes needing this kind of support for London 2012 and beyond.

"We want to show policy-makers in government that there is a more focused way and a better way to do this. I've played a part in raising money with the Gold Medal Plates dinners and I know 40% is going to administration. We're hoping to do such a good job with this it will change how the policy makers do their job. The bottom line is these athletes are great role models for our kids and our kids' kids."

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