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Cindy Klassen Gets Olympic Coin in Her Honour

January 6, 2010 6:00 AM | Sports

By Tyler Sutherland

Winnipeg speed skater Cindy Klassen has some new hardware to show off besides her many Olympic medals.

The Royal Canadian Mint introduced a 25-cent coin into its Vancouver 2010 collection Tuesday honouring Klassen. Up to 22 million of the coins are now in circulation nationwide. Three million of the coins were produced in colour and inserted randomly into circulation coin rolls.

Canadians can look for the coin in their change, or purchase them directly from RBC branches and participating Petro-Canada locations.

IOC president Jacques Rogge named Klassen the “woman of the Games” for her impressive accomplishment of claiming five medals at the Turin Games in 2006.

Image credit: CNW/Royal Canadian Mint