Trampolinist Rosie MacLennan will lead Canada's team during the Parade of Nations at this year's Opening Ceremonies, the Canadian Olympic Committee announced Thursday. Flag bearers are typically athletes who have been medal-winners and team leaders at past Olympics. Who represented Canada in the past? We take a look at this year's choice and Canada's last five flag bearers at the Summer Olympics.
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Rosie MacLennan 2016
Rosie MacLennan, of King City, Ont., competed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, winning Canada's only gold medal in London. She performed the most difficult routine of the competition to earn a career-high score of 57.305 for Canada's first-ever Olympic trampoline gold medal. Following her Olympic victory, MacLennan maintained her top international ranking, winning her first world title in 2013. Other highlights of her career include the 2007 Pan Am Games, where she won silver before going on to win gold in 2011, and successfully defending the gold medal at home in Toronto at the 2015 Games.
Simon Whitfield 2012
Simon Whitfield is an Olympic triathalon champion born in Kingston, Ont., and carried the flag during the opening of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He won a gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, and a silver medal at the 2008 Games in Beijing. Whitfield retired in 2013.
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Adam van Koeverden 2008
Adam van Koeverden is a Toronto-born sprint kayaker who carried the flag into the 2008 Opening Ceremonies in Beijing. Van Koeverden won gold and bronze medals at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, and silver medals in 2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London.
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Nicolas Gill 2004
, a judoka born in Montreal, carried the flag to open the 2004 Olympics in Athens. He won two medals, a bronze at the 1992 Games in Barcelona and a silver eight years later in Sydney. He then became a coach; one of his athletes won a bronze medal in 2012 in London.
Caroline Brunet 2000
Caroline Brunet, a sprint kayaker born in Quebec City, led the team at the 2000 Opening Ceremonies in Sydney. Brunet competed in five Summer Olympics and won three medals: silvers at Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000, and a bronze at Athens in 2004. She also won 21 medals at world championships.
Charmaine Crooks 1996
Jamaica-born Charmaine Crooks, who grew up in Toronto, is a 400- and 800-metre runner who represented Canada for close to 20 years. She was the flag-bearer at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Crooks won a silver medal in the 400-metre relay at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, and was the first Canadian woman to run the 800 metres in under two minutes.
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