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Canada's captain Christine Sinclair celebrates after scoring her third goal against the United States during their semi-final women's soccer match at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012 at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England.

Christine Sinclair gave the Canadian Olympic Committee an opening Friday morning. Now let's see if they take it.

Choosing a flag bearer for the closing ceremonies is always an issue rife with politics, performance, gender, race, language, regionalism – in short, all the stuff that makes us Canadian. It is for the most part a healthy debate, because it is mostly a celebration of excellence.

Based on the reaction in Canada to the bronze medal win of the women's soccer team, team captain Sinclair should be a slam dunk. Much was made of the whole "Team Canada" concept at these games and since the women's soccer team gave the country its first Summer Olympics medal in a traditional team sport since 1936, they're pretty much form-fitted for the role.

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Sinclair set a women's tournament record with six goals, but beyond that she has been for the better part of a decade what her coach John Herdman calls "a servant" for Canada; she is tied with Abby Wambach of the U.S. team as leading scorer among all active players with 143 goals.

At a news conference, Sinclair called being named flag bearer "the hugest honour" she could imagine, but was quick to add: "I'd want my teammates with me."

Black, white, French-Canadian, Manitoban, Ontarian, British Columbian: Sounds like a pretty representative group to me. Sinclair should bear the flag on Sunday night, surrounded by a team that stole a country's hearts, in a sport played by more children than any other.

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