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Hayley Wickenheiser Named Canada’s Flag-Bearer for Sochi

January 23rd, 2014 at 9:05 AM
By Andrew McIntyre

Canada announced today their flag-bearer for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics and after much anticipation the wait is finally over. The honour will go to Hayley Wickenheiser, veteran member of Canada's women's hockey team. This will be Wickenheiser's fifth appearance at the Winter Olympics as a member of the hockey team. She also participated in the 2000 Summer Olympics as a member of the softball team.

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Being Canada's flag-bearer for the upcoming Olympics in Sochi is something the 35-year old from Shaunavon, Saskatchewan takes great pride in:

This is an incredible honour and one that means so much to me after having represented Canada in hockey for so many years. Today, I have been chosen as Canada's flag-bearer, but today is about carrying the hopes and dreams of nearly 35 million Canadians to Sochi

I can't wait to lead an amazing group of athletes who have dedicated their lives to achieving their Olympic dreams for both themselves and Canada.

Wickenheiser has won three gold medals and one silver as a member of the hockey team. She has 46 points in 21 games and has been a huge reason for the team's success. This could be the last Olympics for Wickenheiser and you know there is nothing she would rather do then go out on top with a gold medal hanging around her neck.

Speed skater Clara Hughes was the flag-bearer in 2010, while hockey player Danielle Goyette carried the flag in 2006. This will mark the fourth straight Winter Olympics that a woman was chosen as Canada's flag-bearer.

Congratulations Hayley!

Tags: CANADA, HAYLEY WICKENHEISER, London, London 2012, Olympics, SOCHI, Summer Olympics, WICKENHEISER

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