Who Should Be Canada’s Flagbearer at the Rio Olympics?

Just a few things left to do before Team Canada embarks on its Olympic mission.

1. Consider if it’s a good idea to attend in the first place. (Milos Raonic recently pulled out over concerns about the Zika virus).
2. Choose a flagbearer.

The latter of those decisions will be made tomorrow (Thursday, July 21) at Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, where the Canadian Olympic Committee will announce who’s going to wave the red and white as the team hits the opening ceremony stage.

According to the Toronto Star, seven athletes are in the running:

1. Trampoline gymnast Rosie MacLennan, Canada’s only gold medallist in London.
2. World champion kayaker Mark de Jonge, bronze medallist in London.
3. Kayaker Mark Oldershaw, bronze medallist in London and flag bearer at the Pan Am Games opening ceremonies in Toronto.
4. Ryan Cochrane, Canada’s most decorated swimmer at the Olympics and world championships.
5. Kia Nurse, who carried the flag at last year’s Pan Am Games closing ceremonies after leading Canada to a gold in basketball. Also a former Notable Young Professional.
6. Lesley Thompson-Willie, rowing coxswain who has been at every Olympics since 1984, winning medals in five of them.
7. Diving medal contenders Meaghan Benfeito, Roseline Filion, Jennifer Abel, Pamela Ware

Canada’s most recent Summer Olympics flagbearer was triathlete Simon Whitfield in London. Kayaker Adam Van Koeverden (Beijing) and judo fighter Nicolas Gill (Athens) held the honour previously.

Maybe we should choose Eugenie Bouchard so she’ll have a little more incentive to play. Who do you think it should be?

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