The London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony started as a morning commute and ended as an all-out street party, honouring those most important to the Olympic Games: the athletes.
Canadian soccer hero Christine Sinclair represented Team Canada as she and the rest of the nations' flagbearers paraded into Olympic Stadium. Sinclair was the overwhelming favourite to be named flagbearer for the Ceremony, as she led the Canadian women's soccer team to Canada's first traditional team sport medal since 1936. Her total of six goals topped the scoring charts for the Olympic tournament, which included a hat-trick during their semi-final showdown against the United States. That feat remains one of the top stories of the Games, after a heart-breaking loss in extra time sent them to the bronze medal match. The team's ability to bounce back inspired the nation, and Sinclair's dominant performance will surely pave the way for young Canadian soccer players to follow in her footsteps.
Sinclair and the rest of the nations' flagbearers were joined by the Olympic athletes as they streamed into the stadium through the crowds to join the festivities. The athletes joined together to form the Union Flag and enjoy the show.