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Monday, June 15, 2009

City of Champions, continued

So I was always under the impression that Edmonton was called the "City of Champions" because of all the sporting history involved in this town. This was reinforced multiple times in my childhood by all sorts of people: teachers, friends, random people... but I just found out today that this is not true. Courtesy thickoil:
1) Pittsburgh was the first city known as the "City of Champions" when the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers each won multiple championships in the 1970s.

2) In fact, the “City of Champions” name was coined by former mayor Laurence Decore after Black Friday. It has nothing to do with River City’s sports teams. It is meant to refer to the fact that Edmonton, after coming together as a community in response to the tornado, was a city of champions (i.e., all Edmontonians are champions).



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