Olympians & Paralympians Get ‘Happy’ With Pharrell

June 23, 2014

Canadian Olympic Committee launches video on Olympic Day starring Sochi athletes dancing to Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’

TORONTO – Today, in celebration of international Olympic Day, the Canadian Olympic Committee launched a music video starring Canadian athletes as they danced to Pharrell Williams’ smash hit, ‘Happy’.

The video was filmed over three days as athletes toured Ontario and Alberta as part of the recent 2014 Celebration of Excellence, proving their talents were not contained to just the ice and snow. Athletes were enthusiastic to participate, showing off to the camera and having fun with their teammates as they danced and grooved to the upbeat tune. Special guest appearances were even made by Parade of Champions host George Stroumboulopoulos and Mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi.

“The song pretty much sums up the whole week! It was great being able to have some fun with each other as we celebrated our achievements in Sochi.” said Gilmore Junio, Sochi 2014 Olympian. “Thank you again to the Canadian Olympic Committee for putting on such an amazing Celebration of Excellence.”

“The video definitely was fun to be a part of and I’ve been excited to see how it all turns out,” said Paralympic snowboarder Michelle Salt. “It’s really nice that all the athletes could get together and have fun as well. The whole experience of the Celebration of Excellence was amazing and left me very motivated. It was a great way of saying thank you to everybody who supported us.”

International Olympic Day is celebrated annually and world-wide on or around June 23rd in commemoration and celebration of the founding of the modern Olympic Games and as a way to create awareness of the Olympic Movement and the Olympic values (friendship, excellence and respect). 

To view the video, please click here: http://youtu.be/ASv3ZzzIWyY



Canadian Olympic Committee Media Office:         

Jane Almeida, Manager, Media Relations
Tel: 416-324-4120 / Cell: 416-540-1788                                  
Email: jalmeida@olympic.ca

Luc Beaudin, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations
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Canadian Paralympic Committee Media Office: 

Martin Richard, Executive Director, Communications & Marketing
Phone: 613-569-4333, ext # 2224 / Cell: 613-725-4339
Email: mrichard@paralympic.ca