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I just heard that they will name Canada's flagbearer this Friday. (Friday, January 27. You can see it on http://ctvolympics.ca/news-centre/newsid=28174.html#which+canadian+will+carry+flag+into+history

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baron you should know better then most that it is not just the 3 hour ceremony time but also the hours of staging and the after ceremony congestion that affects athletes as well. She competes less then 48 hours after the ceremony, this could be a big deal unless she feels she has no chance at winning a medal in the 3000m that is on the Sunday.

Honestly I think the right choice is Brian McKeever.

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Do they? I know they did at Salt Lake but not every time do they sit down.

Generally yea, I don't remember seeing a huge crowd in the center of the stadium for Calgary through Torino. So I assume there will be a place for them to sit once they reach their marching destination.

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Do they? I know they did at Salt Lake but not every time do they sit down.

Main difference between the SUmmer & Winter OCs: the Winter athletes, since Calgary, get to sit down. There are only about a 3/rd as may as the Summer ones, so the Org Comm. can lose some 3,200 premium seats for the athletes. Besides in a place like BC place with seating for 65,000 or so, setting aside 3,000 non-revenue Section "A" seats is no big loss. I think it's going to be those additional seats on the floor where if you're not in the front row, you'll have to crane your neck to watch the proceedings. But hey, you're getting a free seat, so you can't complain, can you?

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Main difference between the SUmmer & Winter OCs. They Winter athletes, since Calgary, get to sit down. There are only about a 3/rd as may as the Summer ones, so the Org Comm. can lose some 3,200 premium seats for the athletes. Besides in a place like BC place with seating for 56,000 or so, setting aside 3,000 non-revenue Section "A" seats is no big loss. I think it's going to be those additional seats on the floor where if you're not in the front row, you'll have to crane your neck to watch the proceedings. But hey, you're getting a free seat, so you can't complain, can you?

Actually, capacity at BC Place should theoretically be at about 65,000. The stadium normally seats 60,000 for football, but that will be reduced to 55,000 for the Ceremonies. But then, VANOC has installed close to 10,000 stadium bleacher seats on the stadium floor and that increases the stadium's capacity to close to 65,000. Some bleacher floor seats are for the athletes.

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Anyhow, athlete attendance at the 2010 Ceremonies at BC Place should be higher than at previous Games. It's indoors so athletes worry much less about being out in the cold and getting sick. Not to mention that athletes will be at GM Place next door before the Ceremonies, that's the staging area for the parade of nations.

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CLARA HUGUES

WHY?

-5 times medalist

- world's four person ever to win a medal in both winter and summer and only canadian yet.

- World's only person (or women I dont remember) to have won multiples medals in both games

- She is going in Vancouver for her 5 olympics games (inc. summer)

- She have lot's of impressive value like giving 10 000$ for the right to play program

- She speak both french and english (but more fluent in English)

-She is from Western canada (well the prairies) but live also in Eastern Canada now (Glen sutton, Quebec)

- She is mature enough to not be scared to gave bad games because generaly canadians are historically cursed when holding the flag(not true for Salk lake and Turin)

- Have giving interest to do it: 3 canadians said no in 2006 until Danielle Goyette finally said yes because of too much stress.

- She is one of the most charismatic althlete in canada

- She is going beyond herself.... our gold medal in turin 2006 was insane.

- Listen herself when she found out Vancouver won the bid for 2010 is really inspiring... you can live again this moment in her words. she will be so proud to be there (not saying she will be the only athlete to me proud)

- She is going to Vancouver as medal contender (but she might not get a medal... and no body will care because she will keep the best as she can.... until she lies on the floor.... and no body will be dissapointed ( I mean dissapointed in a bad way... because of course we want her to win a medal)

and i think this list can go on and on .... what do you think

Who else? Maybe BriAN mckeaver... I will be so proud as canadian if it's him.....

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CANADIAN OLYMPIC FLAG BEARERS

Previous Canadian Olympic flag bearers and how they fared in their respective event at those Games.

(winter at the bottom)

SUMMER

Games Athlete Result

2008 Beijing Adam van Koeverden (Kayak) Silver

2004 Athens Nicolas Gill (Judo) Eliminated, 1st Rd

2000 Sydney Caroline Brunet (Kayak) Silver Medal

1996 Atlanta Charmaine Crooks (Athletics) 18th, 800 metres

1992 Barcelona Michael Smith (Athletics) DNF, Decathlon

1988 Seoul Carolyn Waldo (Synchronized Swimming) Gold Medal

1984 Los Angeles Alex Baumann (Swimming) Double Gold

1980 Moscow Sue Holloway (Canoeing) Did Not Compete *

1976 Montreal Abby Hoffman (Athletics) Failed to medal

1972 Munich Doug Roges (Judo) Finished 5th

1968 Mexico City Roger Jackson (Rowing) Silver Medal

1964 Tokyo Gilmour Boa (Shooting) Finished 38th, 4th

1960 Rome Carl Schwende (Fencing) Failed to medal

1956 Melbourne Robert Steckle (Wrestling) Finished 4th

1952 Helsinki William Parnell (Athletics) Failed to medal

1948 London Robert McFarlane (Athletics) Failed to medal

1936 Berlin James Worrall (Athletics) Failed to medal

1932 Los Angeles George Maughan (Boxing) Finished 4th

1928 Amsterdam Joseph Wright Jr. (Rowing) Silver Medal

1924 Paris Hector Phillips (Athletics) Failed to medal

1920 Antwerp Archie McDiarmid (Weight Thrower) Finished 4th

1912 Stockholm Duncan Gillis (Athletics) Silver medal

* - Canada joined the U.S.-led boycott of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. While the 211 Canadian athletes selected to the team did not compete, they are still considered Olympians.

WINTER

Games Athlete Result

2010: TBA, Clara Hughes? Mckeaver? Hollingsworth? Klassen? Lueders? Wickenheiser? .... the list is long....

2006 Torino Danielle Goyette (Ice Hockey) Gold Medal

2002 Salt Lake City Catriona Le May Doan (Speedskating) Gold Medal, 9th

1998 Nagano Jean Luc Brassard (Freestyle Skiing) Failed to medal (4th)

1994 Lillehammer Kurt Browning (Figure Skating) Failed to medal (5th)

1992 Albertville Sylvie Daigle (Speedskating) Gold Medal, 18th

1988 Calgary Brian Orser (Figure Skating) Silver Medal

1984 Sarajevo Gaetan Boucher (Speedskating) Double Gold, Bronze

1980 Lake Placid Ken Read (Skiing) Failed to medal (DNF)

1976 Innsbruck Dave Irwin (Skiing) Failed to medal (8th)

1972 Sapporo Karen Magnussen (Figure Skating) Silver Medal

1968 Grenoble Nancy Greene (Skiing) Gold, Silver, 10th

1964 Innsbruck Ralph Olin (Speedskating) Failed to medal

(15th, 25th, 37th, 39th)

1960 Squaw Valley Bob Paul (Figure Skating) Gold Medal

1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo Robert Bowden (Figure Skating) Silver Medal

1952 Oslo Gordon Audley (Speedskating) Bronze Medal

1948 St. Moritz Hubert Brooks (Ice Hockey) Gold Medal

1932 Lake Placid Harold Joseph 'Hack' Simpson (Ice Hockey) Gold Medal

1928 St. Moritz John Porter (Ice Hockey) Gold Medal

1924 Chamonix Ernie Collett (Ice Hockey) Gold Medal

source:

http://www.tsn.ca/ol...eature/?id=9771

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From CTV News: Report: Hughes to be named flagbearer

The secret as to who will carry Canada's Olympic flag into B.C. Place stadium for the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Winter Games has apparently been revealed.

The Toronto Star has reported five-time Olympic medalist long-track speed-skater Clara Hughes will lead Canada's team.

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Regarding her huge legacy in terms of the Olympic Games, it could only be her. Congratulations! She's a great athlete and a great human being. And she won't have another chance to carry her flag at an Olympic opening ceremony. So she was the most obvious choice.

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GREAT choice--when I had to decide which speed skating event to buy a ticket for I picked the women's 5000m simply because she embodies the very best of olympism.

My only complaint: she should be one of the torchbearers inside the stadium too!

Well, it's Clara Hughes

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My only complaint: she should be one of the torchbearers inside the stadium too!

I wouldn't completely count her out as one of the final torchbearers. Jim Shea Jr. for example even took the Olympic Oath and was one of the final torchbearers in Salt Lake City. And Cathy Freeman at least marched into Stadium Australia with the other Australian athletes and was the final torchbearer later.

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We all know Clara will be canadas's torch bearer... but not everybody know this story behind her amazing career..... after this... they is no way you cannot be inspired having clara as flagbearer.

Clara Hughes' untold story: Wild teen to Olympic champ

An inspired choice for flag-bearer after being able to transform her life with help of sports

January 29, 2010

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Randy Starkman

Clara Hughes was in charge of buying the beer.

Just 13, she was the ringleader of a group of hardscrabble kids who partied in the stairwells of parking garages in the dead of Winnipeg winter. Already 5-foot-9, she wore a lot of makeup and didn't even have to use fake ID to purchase a couple of two-fours from a local beer vendor.

Extra Old Stock. It was their beer of choice because of the higher alcohol content, certainly not for the taste. But it didn't stop there. Hughes also experimented with drugs, regularly skipped school and ran away from home several times. The downward spiral began after her parents split when she was 9.

The woman who will be unveiled Friday as the flag-bearer to lead the Canadian team into B.C. Place Stadium for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics on Feb. 12 didn't get there via the yellow brick road. She has forged gold out of sheer guts, willpower and with some timely guidance along the way.

Her early days certainly didn't foreshadow a speed skater who would donate $10,000 out of her own bank account to the humanitarian group Right To Play after winning gold at the 2006 Turin Olympics.

"I look at that period of my life, I have friends from that time who are severe alcoholics and have major social problems and life problems," said Hughes. "I know a girl whose boyfriend killed her and then killed himself.

"When I see kids that are like that now, I think, `You don't know where this can lead you. You're just wasting your life.' I was wasting my life. I'm not proud of who I was. But at the time, I didn't care about anything. I think I didn't have a value system because I came from a dysfunctional family. My mom did the best she could with my sister and I, but we basically went wild after my parents separated.

"Sport is definitely something that provided a value system for me, also just a moral base that I didn't have. I didn't have a strong sense of right and wrong. I just had a very strong sense of whatever I wanted to do at the time. I didn't have respect for anyone or myself."

There would be an intervention, albeit not of the typical variety.

As a 16-year-old, Hughes was sitting in her mother's living room doing some channel surfing and came across the broadcast of the 1988 Calgary Olympics. There was a feature on legendary speed skater Gaetan Boucher, winner of two gold and a bronze at the '84 Sarajevo Games, who was about to take his last shot at the podium in the men's 1,500 metres.

Hughes was mesmerized. To her, it looked like Boucher was floating on the ice.

"I was just, `Omigod, I want to do that. That's what I'm going to do. That's what I'm going to be. I'm going to be that one day,'" recalled Hughes.

"At the time, I smoked a pack a day. I wasn't into really hard drugs, but I was doing a fair amount of soft drugs and just partying a lot. I would run away from home for the weekend. I just wouldn't come home. My mom would be so worried about me. And I just didn't care. Then I'd show up when I wanted to show up.

"And so there I was, this undisciplined, pseudo-amoral girl, young adolescent, and this thing happened inside of me. I was like `I'm going to do that.' I just knew. I KNEW."

The next day her mom was driving her to a friend's house and Hughes blurted out that she wanted to go to the Olympics and be a speed skater. Her mother called the Winnipeg Speed Skating Club and found out there was a spring training camp.

Hughes was inspired, but initially still regressed into her old bad habits. Eventually, the desire to be a great speed skater outstripped anything else. She went from failing school to becoming a straight-A student.

Hughes would also have the good fortune of encountering coaches who would become her guides on an incredible journey that has seen her become the first Canadian to win medals at both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

"I've been really lucky to fall in the hands of these incredible teachers pretty much exactly at the time I needed their personality and what they had to offer in my life," she said.

Her speed skating dream took a detour when she was recruited by Mirek Mazur, a cycling coach in Hamilton known for his uncompromising approach. His no-nonsense methods, which included Hughes logging 23,000 kilometres per year, would give her discipline and a conditioning base that pays dividends to this day. She also won two bronze medals in cycling at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

"I was so lucky that tough bastard came into my life when he did because he challenged me," said Hughes. "He changed my life. He really did.

"He was just a drill sergeant and he was just, `Do it. Don't ask questions. Don't think too much.' I went through a pretty long phase of that unconscious competence with him where I didn't really think that much about what I was doing, I was just a machine and I performed."

But she would eventually burn out and after a series of injuries quit cycling briefly, only to revive her career under coach Eric Van Den Eynde in Quebec, where she would settle in the Eastern Townships.

Van Den Eynde would help her develop a competitor's head and soul. He taught her how to train herself, giving her the tools to understand how much she needed to push herself and when it was enough.

"Eric makes you believe," said Hughes. "He lets you believe in the possibilities and never limit yourself to one way. Eric really kind of let me grow up and that was so crucial for me after having been told what to do for so long."

But the lure of speed skating always remained for Hughes and she decided to return to her first love after the Sydney Olympics. It was then she found her next teacher, Xiuli Wang, a former Chinese speed skater who guides her to this day.

"She's like this old soul," said Hughes. "She has so much wisdom to pass on and she just passes it on in such a subtle way and that's what makes it so beautiful. Sometimes she drives me crazy because she demands so much and sometimes I can't handle that. And so we're human and we butt heads, but that's just part of the whole process of appreciating her and learning from her."

But her greatest teacher, Hughes says, is her husband Peter Guzman. They met through a mutual friend in 1996. The American-born Guzman, who became a Canadian citizen last year, is a gentle soul, an adventurer who goes on epic journeys on his bike, in a kayak and on foot. He's the kind of guy who will spend a whole conversation asking you questions about yourself, never talking about himself unless asked.

"Peter has introduced me to so many things," she said. "He's helped me develop and grow as a human being and just been there as my support and the love of my life and just my best friend. The most inspiring person I know is my husband."

Her competitive spirit is hers alone, though, and will be one of the qualities that should serve Canada well in its new flag-bearer. She's tough as nails, has an incredible pain threshold and refuses to accept anything less than the best from herself.

"It's frustrating to never be satisfied ... but it's good fuel for the fire," said Hughes. "It makes me realize I will be competitive until my grave. And I kind of like that. I'm not doing this because, `Well, I'm good enough to go.' It's not good enough to be good enough. It's only good enough to be the best that I can be and better than I ever have been. It's exciting."

Source:Toronto Star

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The right choice

There were a number of deserving candidates (Cindy Klassen in particular) but I can't think of a better choice than Clara Hughes to carry the flag. Between her historic Summer and Winter double medal and her winning personality she's everything this country should hope to be about.

Submitted by wheels at 1:30 PM Friday, January 29 2010

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Perfect

Perfect choice. Guts will lead to glory and hopefully inspire the rest of our athletes

Submitted by Chris Forbes at 12:50 PM Friday, January 29 2010

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clara

what an excellent choice to be canada,s flag bearer.in my view half of her battle was to admit to her mistakes. once that was done she built herself up to be a winner in life and sports.i hope she wins a ton of medals.

Submitted by jerry jordan at 10:16 AM Friday, January 29 2010

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Excellent

I thought she was a great choice before I read this story about her younger years. Now I think she is an excellent choice ! Does it get any better? Its an inspiring story that all of us can feed on.

Submitted by JohnQ at 9:36 AM Friday, January 29 2010

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Role model

This is a truly inspiring story which confirms my belief that Clara Hughes should be the flag bearer for the Canadian Olympic team. She is an inspiration for the thousands of young people trying to find their way through life's challenges. Her dedication and inner strength makes her a gold medal winner in life and that is even more important than winning in sport.

Submitted by Jeraboam at 8:57 AM Friday, January 29 2010

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http://olympics.thestar.com/2010/article/757453--clara-hughes-untold-story-wild-teen-to-olympic-champ

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