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RIO 2016

Trampolinist Rosie MacLennan announced as Canada's flag bearer

On Thursday, the Canadian Olympic Committee revealed Olympic gold medalist Rosie MacLennan will lead Canada's contingent into the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. With that announcement, The Globe looks back at the athletes who had the honour of carrying the flag at past Summer Games

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.

Rosannagh MacLennan, of Canada, performs on her way to winning the gold medal during trampoline finals at the Pan Am Games in Toronto.

Rosannagh MacLennan, of Canada, performs on her way to winning the gold medal during trampoline finals at the Pan Am Games in Toronto.

Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press

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.

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A quick look at Rio flag bearer Rosie MacLennan

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Canada's flag bearer Simon Whitfield holds the national flag as he leads the contingent in the athletes parade during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium July 27, 2012.

Canada’s flag bearer Simon Whitfield holds the national flag as he leads the contingent in the athletes parade during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium July 27, 2012.

David Gray/Reuters

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.

Canadian flag bearer Adam van Koeverden, from Oakville, Ont.leads the team into the National Stadium during the opening ceremonies for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China Friday, August 8, 2008.

Canadian flag bearer Adam van Koeverden, from Oakville, Ont.leads the team into the National Stadium during the opening ceremonies for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China Friday, August 8, 2008.

Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press

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.

Nicolas Gill, as Canada's flag and The Canadian Olympic Team arrive for The Opening Ceremonies at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece August 13, 2004.

Nicolas Gill, as Canada’s flag and The Canadian Olympic Team arrive for The Opening Ceremonies at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece August 13, 2004.

John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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.

Canadian canoeing champ and flag bearer Caroline Brunet leads her country's delegation in the

Canadian sprint kayaker and flag bearer Caroline Brunet leads her country’s delegation in the “Parade of Nations” at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney 15 September 2000.

Patrick Hertzog/AFP

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.

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Charmaine Crooks of Vancouver, B.C. the flag bearer for Canada's Olympic team celebrates with teammates (left to right) Toronto race walker Arturo Huerta, Calgary race walker Janice McCaffery and Brampton, Ont. swimmer Stephen Clarke.

Charmaine Crooks of Vancouver, B.C. the flag bearer for Canada’s Olympic team celebrates with teammates (left to right) Toronto race walker Arturo Huerta, Calgary race walker Janice McCaffery and Brampton, Ont. swimmer Stephen Clarke.

Andrew Vaughan/CP

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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