Canadian Olympic Team Raises Bar for Sport in 2012December 22, 2012
TORONTO – A year fuelled by marquee international performances and unforgettable Olympic moments has given both Canadian athletes and fans reason to look back on 2012 with pride and inspiration.
“Canadians are now talking louder, prouder and more often about our athletes with a deeper, more meaningful pride,” said Canadian Olympic Committee President Marcel Aubut. “Their performances on the field of play at the London Games and across the international circuit during the year continue to inspire even more incredible things to come for sport in this country. As a nation, we should be proud of what we accomplished. But we should also be extremely excited about what we are about to accomplish in the very near future. During this past year, our athletes proved what is possible.”
The year proved to be a big one for Canada with the Olympic Games in London taking centre stage. Eighteen medals were awarded to members of the Canadian Olympic Team who gave their everything for their country, their sport and themselves. Our athletes had the nation on the edge of its seat as Canadians stood by our athletes for every victory and defeat, every goal and point awarded, and for every success and disappointment.
Canada’s Olympic team was proudly led into the Games by four-time Olympic and double medallist Simon Whitfield and 279 athletes demanded the nation’s attention from Day 1. The medal haul was highlighted by relentless athletes like Rosie MacLennan who had the routine of her life to receive the highest score of her career in Trampoline and walk away with a gold medal. Who could forget the shocked look on Mark Oldershaw’s face after he captured the first Canoe-Kayak Olympic medal for the Oldershaw family that had sent four generations before him to an Olympic Games?
The women’s soccer team riveted Canadians with its run to the semi-final and a controversial yet heartbreaking defeat. Canadians from coast to coast rejoiced as the team battled back and won bronze against the French for that final spot on the podium. Appropriately, captain and global superstar Christine Sinclair was later given the honour to be the nation’s Closing Ceremony flag bearer.
The Canadian sport community suffered deep sadness, too, as ski pioneers Sarah Burke and Nic Zoricic gave their lives to advance athletics in this country. The nation rallied in support and we can look back with both gratitude and take solace in the bright future for all of sport because of their contributions.
On the World Championship stage, Canada was highlighted by the likes of 2010 Olympic gold medallist and reigning world champion Kaillie Humphries and brakeman Jennifer Ciochetti who slid their way to becoming the first Canadian women’s duo to win gold in Bobsleigh. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, fresh off of an Olympic gold, captured the second world championship title of their career in ice dancing. Not to be outdone, Olympian Patrick Chan stood at the top of the podium for the second consecutive year as the top male figure skater.
“As the 2014 Sochi Winter Games approach, and the final season before Olympic fever catches again, it’s athletes like this that continue to give Canada reason and commitment to a future filled with excellence,” said Aubut. “What we saw that 2012 is just the beginning.”
For a complete timeline of outstanding achievements of Canadian athletes over the course of the 2012 season, please visit http://olympic.ca/news/committee/canadas-best-raise-the-bar-in-2012.
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