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Your! Call: Who should carry the flag at the Closing Ceremony?

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TSN.ca Staff
2/21/2014 9:38:54 PM
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With the Olympic Games wrapping up in Sochi, the debate about who should carry the Canadian flag into the Closing Ceremony can begin.

It's been a successful Games for Canada, which will finish near the top of the medal standings again.

From repeat gold medal winners to multiple medal winners to undefeated teams to acts that define the Olympic spirit, there are many solid candidates who could be considered to receive the honour.

Who do you think should carry the flag for Canada on Sunday?

Four years ago, Alexandre Bilodeau made history by winning Canada's first Olympic gold medal on home soil. He followed that up by defending his title in moguls this year. He is set to retire at season's end so this would be a fitting way to honour his accomplishments.

Bobsledders Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse also won gold in Vancouver, a first in the women's event, and earned their way back to the top of the podium again in Sochi.

Jennifer Jones and her rink from Winnipeg didn't lose a game in women's curling, going 9-0 in the round robin before beating Great Britain and Sweden in the playoffs. Canada has shown well in curling since its inception into the Olympics as an official sport in 1998 but has yet to have a flag bearer from the sport.

"We're going to have that little OR — Olympic record — next to our name forever," Jones said after the final game. "It's one of those records that can only be tied and never broken. We'll always be remembered."

Speed skater Denny Morrison has been the lone Canadian athlete to win multiple medals in individual disciplines, taking the silver in the 1,000m event and bronze in the 1,500m.

However, if not for the unselfish act of teammate Gilmore Junio, Morrison may have come up empty in Sochi. Junio stepped aside to let Morrison race the 1,000m event and the move paid off for Canada. Morrison then went on to win his bronze medal but it all started with Junio putting the team before himself.

"People talk about it as being a huge sacrifice, but I don't see it that way," Junio said. "It was such an easy decision. It was such a simple decision for me. It was about giving Canada a chance to win a medal."

It was actually Morrison who started a campaign on Twitter to have Junio carry the flag.

"@cdnhappygilmore for Closing Ceremonies flag bearer! This guy showing everything that is Canadian pride and Olympic Pride. #ThankYouGilmore," Morrison tweeted as the #GilForFlagBearer campaign gained popularity.

Along the same lines, there's Justin Wadsworth, the cross-country skiing coach who ran onto the course to help a Russian skier who had broken a ski.

"I wanted him to have dignity as he crossed the finish line," Wadsworth said. That is the essence of good sportsmanship.

The Dufour-Lapointe sisters captured Canadians' attention on the first day of competition with Justine winning the gold and Chloe the silver in moguls skiing.

And then there's hockey. Forward Marie-Philip Poulin and goaltender Shannon Szabados were key players in Team Canada's march to gold, especially in Thursday's riveting come-from-behind overtime victory.

And what if the men's team were to follow suit on Sunday? Should Sidney Crosby or Carey Price warrant some consideration?

There are many great candidates who have stood out among the throng of superb athletes in Sochi these past two weeks. But only one individual can carry the flag.

Who do you think should have the honour of carrying Canada's colours into the stadium on Sunday?

As always, it's Your! Call.

Sochi Opening Ceremony (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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