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Blue Jays honour Canadian Olympic and Paralympic medalists

Dara Howell
Dara Howell
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According to the Canadian Olympic Committee in a press release on Thursday, eight Canadian Olympic medalists and two Canadian Paralympic medalists were honoured in a pre-game ceremony prior to the Toronto Blue Jays' 2014 Major League Baseball home opener against the New York Yankees at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on Friday evening.

The Canadian Olympic gold medalists from the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi were women's mogulist Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal, women's hockey player Natalie Spooner of Scarborough, Ontario, men's curler Brad Jacobs of Sault. Ste. Marie, Ontario, women's curler Kaitlyn Lawes of Winnipeg, Mantoba and women's slopestyle skier Dara Howell of Huntsville, Ontario.

The Canadian Olympic silver medalists from the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi were women's mogulist Chloe Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal, men's mogulist Mikael Kingsbury of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec, and men's 1000m speed skater Denny Morrison of Chetwynd, British Columbia (also won the bronze medal in the men's 1500m speed skating).

Finally the two Canadian Paralympic medalists from the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi were Brian McKeever of Calgary (who won the gold medal in the men's 1km, 10km, and 20km cross country skiing events for the visually impaired) and men's sledge hockey bronze medalist Greg Westlake of Vancouver.

The Blue Jays meanwhile lost 7-3 to the New York Yankees to drop to 2-3 on the season. Outfielders Ichiro Suzuki and Jacoby Ellsbury each collected three hits, second baseman Yangervis Solarte had three runs batted in and pitcher Masahiro Tanaka recorded his first victory in a Yankees uniform.