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Christine Sinclair to carry the flag in closing ceremony

LONDON, England – As the London 2012 Olympic Games come to a close, soccer star Christine Sinclair has been named Canada’s flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony in London’s Olympic Stadium.

“This is a huge honour and I wish I could have my teammates right here with me,” said Sinclair. “We want the next generation of young girls to dream of being in the Olympics and getting a medal around their necks. If we can instil in them just the belief that this can happen, then we have done our jobs.”

One of the greatest soccer players of all time, Sinclair led the Canadian women’s soccer team to a bronze medal in London, notching a tournament-best six goals, including three in the hotly-contested semi-final match against the United States.

Sinclair carried the flag into the Opening Ceremony of the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara. She is tied for the second most career goals of all time among women’s soccer players.

The Canadian Olympic Team is currently sitting just outside its goal of 12th place in total medal count, with 18 medals (1 gold, 5 silver, 12 bronze). Those 18 medals matches the Canadian Olympic Team’s output from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, where Canada placed 14th in total medals.

“We have so much to celebrate as we bring these wonderful London 2012 Olympic Games to a close”, said 2012 Canadian Olympic Team Chef de Mission Mark Tewksbury “Every medal has a story and you cannot underestimate the power and the impact that each and every one has had. We are so proud to honour, not only our medallists, but all members of the Canadian Olympic Team.”

“This Team inspired the whole country with their performance here in London,” said 2012 Canadian Olympic Team Assistant Chef de Mission Sylvie Bernier. “We have seen what our athletes can do on the field of play. Now they return to their communities to share their passion for sport and to inspire thousands to live the joy of being active.

“The Team has felt the incredible support, all the way from Canada to London,” said Canadian Olympic Committee President Marcel Aubut. “We will continue to do more for our athletes. The first thing we think about when we wake up in the morning and the last thing we think about when we go to sleep is what more can we do for our athletes?”

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Canadian Olympic Committee Media Office:

Jane Almeida, Media Relations Officer, 2012 Canadian Olympic Team
Tel: +44 7714000818
Email: jalmeida@olympic.ca

Dimitri Soudas, Press Chief, 2012 Canadian Olympic Team
Tel: 289-388-6419
Email: dsoudas@olympic.ca

 

Christine Sinclair
Football
2012 Canadian Olympic Team Closing Ceremony Flag Bearer

Sinclair is widely recognized as the greatest player to ever come out of Canada. She has spent the last 12 years with the Canadian team, participating in three FIFA World Cups (2003, 2007, 2011) and the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. Amongst her individual accomplishments are 143 international goals and a “Top-5 Player in the World” status for the last decade.

Her three-goal performance in the 2012 Olympic semi-final against the United States is already a thing of legend. Sinclair led the Olympic tournament with six goals, pulling into a tie for second all-time in goals.

Besides winning a gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games, one of the most memorable moments of Sinclair’s 2011 campaign was the free kick goal she scored against two-time defending champion Germany in the opening match of the 2011 World Cup. In front of 73,000 German supporters (with a broken nose suffered earlier in the second half), Sinclair curled a perfect free kick over the wall and into the corner of the net.

At the age of 29, Sinclair is Canada’s all-time leading caps and goal scorer (at 143), and the reigning and seven-time Soccer Canada Player of the Year. Five times she has been nominated as the FIFA World Player of the Year.

Sinclair hails from Burnaby, B.C., and played most recently for Western New York. She played her college soccer at the University of Portland, where she set an all-time Division I goal-scoring record with 39, was named “Academic All-American of the Year” by ESPN The Magazine, and won The 2005-2006  Honda-Broderick Cup as the collegiate “Woman Athlete of the Year.”

BackgrounderCANADIAN HIGHLIGHTS:

LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES

Aquatics – Diving
Medals

  • Jennifer Abel and Émilie Heymans won bronze in women’s 3m synchronized event. It also marked the best Canadian result at an Olympic Games in that event.
  • Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion won bronze in the women’s 10m synchronized event.

Other Top-8 Results

  • Jennifer Abel finished 6th in the 3m springboard event.
  • Alexandre Despatie and Reuben Ross finished 6th in the 3m synchronized event.

 

Aquatics – Swimming
Medals

  • Ryan Cochrane won silver in the 1,500m freestyle event.
  • Brent Hayden won bronze in the 100m freestyle event. The result marked Canada’s best finish in the event at an OIympic Games.
  • Richard Weinberger won bronze in the 10km event.

Other Top-8 Results

  • The women’s 4x200m freestyle team finished in 4th. The result marked Canada’s best finish in the event at an OIympic Games.
  • Martha McCabe finished in 5th place in the 200m breastroke event. The result marked Canada’s best finish in the event at a non-boycotted OIympic Games.
  • Brittany MacLean finished 7th in the 400m freestyle event.
  • The men’s 4x100m medley team finished in 8th place.
  • Sinead Russell finished in 8th place in the 200m backstroke event.

Canadian Records

  • Brittany MacLean, 400m Freestyle, 4:05.06
  • Ryan Cochrane, 1,500m Freestyle, 14:39.63
  • Scott Dickens, 100m Breastroke, 59.85s

Personal Bests

  • Alec Page, Men’s 400m Individual Medley, 4:19.17
  • Alexa Komarnycky, Women’s 800m Freestyle, 8:28.11
  • Andrew Ford, Men’s 200m Individual Medley, 2:00.28
  • Barbara Jardin, Women’s 200m Freestyle, 1:57.91
  • Blake Worsley, Men’s 200m Freestyle, 1:48.14
  • Brittany MacLean, Women’s 400m Freestyle, 4:05.06
  • Charles Francis, Men’s 100m Backstroke, 54.08s
  • Julia Wilkinson, Women’s 100m Freestyle, 54.16s
  • Ryan Cochrane, Men’s 1500m Freestyle, 14:39.63
  • Samantha Cheverton, Women’s 200m Freestyle, 1:57.98 (matched personal best)
  • Savannah King, Women’s 800m Freestyle, 8:29.72
  • Scott Dickens, Men’s 100m Breaststroke, 59.85s
  • Scott Dickens, Men’s 200m Breaststroke, 2:10.95
  • Tobias Oriwol, Men’s 200m Backststroke, 1:58.06

 

Aquatics – Synchronized Swimming
Top-8 Results

  • The duet team finished in 4th place.
  • The synchronized team finished in 4th place

 

Athletics
Medal

  • Derek Drouin won a bronze medal in the men’s high jump event.

Other Top-8 Results

  • Dylan Armstrong finished 5th in the shot put event.
  • Damian Warner finished 5th in the decathlon event.
  • Phylicia George finished 6th in the 100m hurdles event.
  • Jessica Zelinka finished 7th in the 100m hurdles event.
  • Jessica Zelinka finished 7th in the heptathlon event.
  • Mike Mason finished 8th in the high jump event.

Personal Bests

  • Aaron Brown, 200m, 20.42s
  • Cameron Levins, 5000m, 13:18.29
  • Damian Warner, Decathlon, 8442 points
  • Geoff Harris, 800m, 1:45.97
  • Inaki Gomez, 20km walk, 1:20:58
  • Justyn Warner, 100m, 10.09s
  • Phylicia George, 100m hurdles, 12.64s (matched personal best)

 

Badminton
Top-8 Results

  • Alexandra Bruce and Michelle Li finished in 4th place in the women’s badminton doubles event. The result marked Canada’s best finish in the event at an OIympic Games.

 

Basketball
Top-8 Results

  • The women’s basketball team finished in 8th place in its first appearance at an Olympic Games since 2000.

 

Boxing
Top-8 results

  • Custio Clauton finished in 5th place in the 69kg men’s boxing division.
  • Simon Kean finished in 5th place in the +91kg men’s boxing division.
  • Mary Spencer finished in 5th place in the 75kg women’s boxing division.

 

CanoeKayak
Medals

  • Mark de Jonge won bronze in the K-1 200m event
  • Mark Oldershaw won bronze in the C-1 1,000m event.
  • Adam van Koeverden won silver in the men’s K-1 1,000m event. The silver marked Canada’s best result in the event’s history and van Koeverden’s 4th Olympic medal.

Other Top-8 Results

  • Hugues Fournel and Ryan Cochrane finished in 7th place in the K-2 200m event.

 

Cycling-Road
Top-8 Results

  • Clara Hughes finished in 5th place in the women’s individual road time trial event.

 

Cycling –Track
Medal

  • The women’s track team won bronze in the first ever Olympic team pursuit event.

Other Top-8 Results

  • Tara Whitten finished in 4th place in the women’s omnium event.
  • Monique Sullivan finished in 6th place in the women’s keirin event.
  • Zach Bell finished in 8th place in the men’s omnium event.

 

Equestrian – Jumping
Top-8 Results

  • The jumping team finished in 5th place in the event.

 

Football
Medal

  • The women’s soccer team won bronze for the first time in its history to mark the best Canadian result for the sport at the Olympic Games.

 

Gymnastics – Artistics
Other Top-8 Results

  • The women’s artistic team finished in 5th place in the team competition event. The result marked Canada’s best finish in the event at a non-boycotted OIympic Games.

 

Gymnastics – Trampoline
Medal

  • Rosie MacLennan won gold in the women’s trampoline event. It also marked the highest finish in trampoline for Canada.

Other Top-8 Results

  • Karen Cockburn finished in 4th place in the women’s trampoline event.
  • Jason Burnett finished in 8th place in the men’s trampoline event.

 

Judo
Medal

  • Antoine Valois-Fortier won bronze in the men’s 81kg judo division. It marked the best Canadian result in the event at an Olympic Games.

 

Rowing
Medals

  • The men’s eight rowing team won silver.
  • The women’s eight rowing team won silver.

Other Top-8 Results

  • The men’s coxless pair team finished in 8th place.
  • The women’s lightweight double sculls finished in 7th place.

 

 

Weightlifting
Medal

  • Christine Girard won bronze in the 63 kg division. It marked the best Canadian result at the event during an Olympic Games.

Other Top-8 Results

  • Marie-Eve Beauchemin-Nadeau finished in 8th place in the 69kg women’s weighlifting division.

Personal Bests

  • Marie-Eve Beauchemin-Nadeau, 69kg division, 135kg

 

Wrestling – Freestyle
Medals

  • Tonya Verbeek won silver in the women’s 55kg wrestling division. It equalled the best Canadian result at the event during an Olympic Games.
  • Carol Huynh won bronze in the women’s 48kg wrestling division.

Other Top-8 Results

  • Martine Dugrenier finished in 5th place in the women’s 63kg wrestling division. It equaled the best Canadian result at the event during an Olympic Games.
  • Matt Gentry finished in 5th place in the men’s 74kg wrestling division.
BackgrounderCANADIAN OLYMPIC MEDALLISTS

2012 LONDON: 1 GOLD, 5 SILVER, 12 BRONZE

GOLD
Gymnastics – Trampoline: Individual – Rosannnagh MacLennan

SILVER
Canoe/Kayak: K-1 1000m – Adam van Koeverden
Rowing: Men’s 8+ Gabriel Bergen; Douglas Csima; Rob Gibson; Conlin McCabe; Malcolm Howard; Andrew Byrnes; Jeremiah Brown; Will Crothers and Brian Price.
Rowing: Women’s 8+ Janine Hanson; Rachelle Viinberg; Krista Guloien; Lauren Wilkinson; Natalie Mastracci; Ashley Brzozowicz; Darcy Marquardt; Andreanne Morin and Lesley Thompson-Willie.
Swimming: 1,500m Freestyle – Ryan Cochrane
Wrestling: 55 kg Tonya Verbeek

BRONZE
Athletics: – High Jump- Derek Drouin
Canoe/Kayak:  1000m canoe Mark Oldershaw
Canoe/Kayak:  Men’s K1 200 m – Mark de Jonge
Cycling: Women’s team pursuit – Gillian Carleton, Tara Whitten and Jasmin Glaesser
Diving: 3m synchronized – Jennifer Abel and Emilie Heymans
Diving: 10m synchronized – Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benfeito
Judo: Antoine Valois-Fortier
Soccer: Brittany Timko, Candace Chapman, Carmelina Moscato, Chelsea Stewart,Christina Julien, Christine Sinclair, Desiree Scott, Diana Matheson, Emily Zurrer, Erin McLeod, Jonelle Filigno, Karina LeBlanc, Kaylyn Kyle, Kelly Parker,Lauren Sesselmann, Marie-Eve Nault, Melanie Booth, Melissa Tancredi, Rhian Wilkinson, Robyn Gayle, Sophie Schmidt
Swimming: 100m Freestyle – Brent Hayden
Swimming: 10 km marathon – Richard Weinberger
Weightlifting: Christine Girard
Wrestling: Freestyle 48kg – Carol Huynh

 

Backgrounder

Canadian Medals by Games

Games    Year        City          Gold           Silver         Bronze       Total          Team size    
XXX       2012        London                   1                 5                 12               18               277
XXVIX  2008        Beijing                    3                 9                 6                 18               334
XXVIII   2004        Athens                    3                 6                 3                 12               265
XXVII    2000        Sydney                   3                 3                 8                 14               309
XXVI     1996        Atlanta                    3                 11               8                 22               306
XXV       1992        Barcelona                7                 4                 7                 18               314
XXIV     1988        Seoul                      3                 2                 5                 10               354
XXIII      1984        Los Angeles           10               18               16               44               436
XXII       1980        Moscow                 Did Not Compete                                                211 a
XXI        1976        Montréal                 0                 5                 6                 11               414
XX          1972        Munich                   0                 2                 3                 5                 220
XIX        1968        Mexico City            1                 3                 1                 5                 143
XVIII      1964        Tokyo                     1                 2                 1                 4                 118
XVII       1960        Rome                      0                 1                 0                 1                 97
XVI        1956        Melbourne              2                 1                 3                 6                 99
XV          1952        Helsinki                  1                 2                 0                 3                 113
XIV        1948        London                   0                 1                 2                 3                 106
XIII         1944        London                   Games Not Held
XII          1940        Helsinki                  Games Not Held
XI           1936        Berlin                      1                 3                 5                 9                 109
X             1932        Los Angeles           2                 5                 8                 15               102
IX           1928        Amsterdam             4                 4                 7                 15               71
VIII         1924        Paris                       0                 3                 1                 4                 73
VII          1920        Antwerp                 3 b               3                 3                 9                 47
VI           1916        Berlin                      Games Not Held 
V             1912        Stockholm              3                 2                 3                 8                 36
IV           1908        London                   3                 3                 10               16               91
III            1904        St. Louis                 4                 1                 1                 6                 43
II             1900        Paris                       1                 0                 1                 2                 4 c
I              1896        Athens                    Did             Not             Compete
Total                                                      59               99               120             278             -

                1906        Athens d                  1                 1                 0                 2                 3

(a) The team was selected, but did not compete. Its members are considered Olympians.

(b) In 1920, Canada captured the gold medal for men’s ice hockey. This was the first time ice hockey was conducted at the Olympic Games and it has been held continuously since; however, at the Olympic Winter Games only.

(c) In 1900, no official team was sent but Canadians George Orton, who won two medals, Alex Grant, Dick Grant and Ronald McDonald competed with the USA.

(d) Many Olympic historians consider the 1906 Intercalated Olympics to be a “true” Olympic Games, but these Games are not formally recognized by the IOC. Canada’s Billy Sherring won gold in the Marathon, while Don Linden captured silver in the 1,500m Walk.

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