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Rudge was named CEO in January of 2003, six months prior to Vancouver being awarded the 2010 Games. Among other things Rudge changed the tone of sport in Canada by embracing winning and an atmosphere of confidence. He also backed the athletes by lobbying for increases in sports funding for athletes and national sports organizations through programs like Own the Podium.

"Support for high performance sport in Canada has come a long way and our athletes no longer toil in obscurity," he wrote. "The Own The Podium program conferred upon us the right to debate whether we are capable of setting and pursuing audacious goals."

As the head of the COC Rudge also worked closely with Roger Jackson to make Own The Podium a reality.

As for Jackson, he stepped down as the chief executive officer of the Own The Podium group this week following a board meeting. He was appointed to the position in 2005 and maintained that he would be stepping down once his contract was fulfilled in April 2010.

Own The Podium was originally focused on winter sports, but in 2006 Jackson was asked by the Canadian Olympic Committee to create a similar program for summer sports called Road to Excellence. Alex Baumann took over Road to Excellence in 2007, allowing Jackson to focus on winter sports once again.

Following the closing of the 2010 Olympics in February the federal government announced that it would continue to fund Own The Podium in the future. Work is underway to replace board members representing the Vancouver Organizing Committee, which is in the process of winding down, and planning Own The Podium's future role and goals.

Own The Podium's original goal was for Canada to place first in the overall Olympic medal tally and third in the Paralympics. Canada missed the first goal with a third place finish, but athletes still managed Canada's best performance to date in a Winter Olympics while earning a record 14 gold medals - the most by any nation in a Winter Games. Canada met its goal in the Paralympics with a third place finish, improving from a previous best ranking of sixth.

"It certainly has been a privilege and an exciting challenge to have had the opportunity to build OTP and to work with the sport community and our government and corporate partners on such an important national project," said Jackson.

"I now have the opportunity to move on to new interests and ventures. I do so with sadness at leaving such wonderful and talented colleagues who I recruited as we built this team, but I am confident they will carry on and take this program to the next level."

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