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One more to add to the big list :

Marie-Pier Beaudet (archery)

This will probably finalized the list following the results this weekend in Athens for the Men's Basketball team and in the Marseille Beach Volleyball tournament (Cadieux-Heese didn't make it)

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Along with the rest of the team

Athens - Francophone Male

Sydney - Francophone Female

Atlanta - Anglophone Female

Barcelona - Anglophone Male

Seoul - Francophone Female

The flagbearer should definitely be Anglophone and most likely male. So van Koeverden.

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Archery - 4

Athletics - 31

Badminton - 4

Baseball - 24

Boxing - 1

Canoeing - 21

Cycling - 15

Diving - 10

Equestrian - 14

Fencing - 9

Hockey - 18

Football - 18

Gymnastics - 12

Judo - 5

Modern Pentathlon - 3

Rowing - 34

Sailing - 37

Shooting - 4

Softball - 17

Swimming - 27

Synchronized Swimming - 9

Table Tennis - 5

Taekwondo - 3

Tennis - 2

Triathlon - 6

Water Polo - 17

Weightlifting -5

Wrestling - 10

Total: 365 athletes

I updated the athlete list, TSN has confirmed most of the people going in for the team sports and also the Sailing team.

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I don't know who is getting the numbers for sailing, but the max quota is 11 boats and 18 crew.

They listed 7 or 8 people for a boat that has a crew of 1.

I'm not sure what the quotas are for each boat but I'm counting all the people they listed as qualified for beijing in sailing,

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Adam Van Koeverden was just named flag bearer in the opening ceremonies.


It is like the way Catriona Lemay-Doan, now a CBC sports commentator, went through when she was a winter Olympian. She carried the flag at the Nagano 1998 closing ceremony and at the Salt Lake City 2002 opening ceremony.

Congratulations to him for getting the nod. He carried the flag at the Athens 2004 closing ceremony.

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The Lucky Loonie has emerged from beneath the hockey ice. In time for the Beijing 2008 Games, the Royal Canadian Mint has brought back the Lucky Loonie — a special edition of the familiar one dollar coin featuring a Canadian loon landing on the water.

The Royal Canadian Mint — an official supporter of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games — has provided each member of the Beijing-bound Canadian Olympic and Paralympic teams with a Lucky Loonie. The Mint is also inviting Canadians to visit mint.ca/goodluck to share their personal stories of good luck and for a chance to win a one-ounce 2008 gold maple leaf coin and other Royal Canadian Mint Olympic-themed keepsakes.

“Canadians from coast to coast can wish our athletes luck by giving athletes special coins produced by the Royal Canadian Mint, including the 2008 Lucky Loonie,” said Ian E. Bennett, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Canadian Mint.

Designed by Quebec wildlife artist Jean-Luc Grondin, the Lucky Loonies are distributed exclusively by RBC Royal Bank, a premier national partner of the 2010 Winter Games . Ten million of the 2008 Lucky Loonies have been issued and are now available at RBC branches across Canada.

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Canada has catching up to do at the Summer Olympics, but gains will be modest in Beijing.

Fifteen medals is a realistic target for a country that won 12 four years ago in Athens.

Host China and powerhouse U.S. will gobble up most of the gold over the 18-day competition, which unofficially starts Aug. 6 with women's preliminary soccer matches. The opening ceremonies are Aug. 8.

The Canadian team of 331 athletes lacks depth in the two sports that offer the motherlode of medals: track and field and swimming.

The country's gold, silver and bronze will be spread over a range of sports including flatwater paddling, rowing, diving, taekwondo, trampoline and women's wrestling.

After winning 22 medals in Atlanta in 1996, the country's performance declined to 14 in 2000 and then dipped to a dozen (three gold, six silver and three bronze) in 2004.

Canada finished 19th among participating countries in total medals won in Athens.

The Canadian Olympic Committee's goal is to get into the top 16 in Beijing, but hasn't set a hard target for medals.

Canada fell behind other countries in preparing its world champions for Olympics and giving them the right support once they actually got to the Games.

To rectify that, the winter sports community established a five-year, $120-million program in 2005 called Own The Podium to get Canada to the top of the medal standings in Vancouver in 2010.

Athletes demonstrating the highest potential to win Olympic medals get Cadillac coaching and support staff, the best equipment and opportunities to travel to international competition.

Canada posted its best medal total at a Winter Games in 2006 in Turin, Italy, with 24 medals.

The Own the Podium model was adopted by summer sports in late 2006 under Road To Excellence, which is headed by former Olympic gold medal swimmer Alex Baumann.

Road To Excellence has had less money to work with - about $19 million per year - and hasn't been around long enough to effect major change in time for Beijing.

The federal government committed in this year's budget to kicking in an additional $48 million, but that's for the run-up to the 2012 Games in London, where the COC aims to finish top 12 in the medal count.

So big strides aren't expected in Beijing. The chief executive officer of the COC was cautious about his expectations for the Games.

"I don't know if I would use the phrase 'higher,"' Chris Rudge said. "We will be going into these Games doing things different in terms of pre-Games preparation from those we have in the past.

"We started earlier with a number of new Olympic preparation programs that really are built on our learning from Turin and our learning from OTP."

A sure-fire way to move up the standings is to spin silver and bronze medals into gold ones.

Canada must fight off the Chinese bent on gathering glory for the host country and the powerful Americans, who excel in the pool and at the track, to do that.

Kayaker Adam van Koeverden, Canada's best hope for a gold medal and the country's flagbearer, thinks Canada's Olympians should chest-thump more heading into the Games, even if it isn't in their nature.

"There have been individuals throughout history _ Alex Baumann is a great example, Victor Davis is a great example, Greg Joy is a great example, lots of people have been that outspoken about wanting to win in the past," he said.

"I think the biggest problem, if there is a problem with speaking out like that, is that Canadians think it's a strong stance.

"Often people say 'Yeah, I want to win a medal,' because they think it's bad to say 'I want to win.' There's nothing wrong with that. That's what competition is all about."

Triathlete Simon Whitfield was the Olympic champion in Sydney and whether he says he wants to win gold or not, he's convinced words won't affect his result.

"We will get the medals that we get and people will prepare with the resources that we have," Whitfield said.

"We can say 'I only believe in gold, I'm here for gold'. None of that matters. If you prepared properly and you execute properly and your potential is to win, you will win. It won't depend on whether you said you were going to do your best or promised gold."

Canada has five world champions heading into Beijing: Van Koeverden of Oakville, Ont., swimmer Brent Hayden of Mission, B.C., in the 100-metre freestyle, sprinter Tyler Christopher of Chilliwack, B.C., in the 400 metres (indoor), Karine Sergerie of Ste-Catherine, Que., in taekwondo and the men's eight rowing crew.

Hayden has been hampered by back spasms, which could put his bid to win medals in both the 100-metre freestyle and the 4x200-metre freestyle relay in jeopardy.

The outlook is also cloudy for gymnast Kyle Shewfelt, a gold medallist on the floor in Athens, and diver Alexandre Despatie, a silver medallist in springboard, who were injured and would otherwise be top medal contenders.

Shewfelt broke both of his knees last August and Despatie broke a bone in his foot in April. While both are back to full training, competition rust could be an issue for them.

"We've had, unfortunately, a lot of injuries in the last two years," chef de mission Sylvie Bernier said. "Still, we're very optimistic we can achieve this goal."

The sports that could produce multi-medals for Canada look to be taekwondo and women's wrestling.

The trend continues of Canadian women contending for medals in sports making their Olympic debut. Samantha Cools of Airdie, Alta., is a strong possibility in BMX.

Canada is traditionally a slow starter and strong finisher at the Games, but watch for Hayden in the freestyle and relay, Sherraine Schalm in fencing, Jeane Lassen in weightlifting and the synchronized diving teams of Despatie and Arturo Miranda, and Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benfeito in the first week.

For the first time, Canada's athletes will be paid hard cash for medals won. A gold medal will be worth $20,000, a silver worth $15,000 and a bronze $10,000.

Here's a list of Canada's medal hopefuls:

Best bets:

- Adam van Koeverden, 1,000- and 500- metre kayak

- Marie-Helene Premont, mountain biking

- Karen Cockburn, trampoline

- Karine Sergerie, taekwondo

- Tonya Verbeek, wrestling

- Men's eights rowing crew


- Tyler Christopher, track and field, 400 metres

- Alexandre Despatie, diving

- Simon Whitfield, triathlon

- Thomas Hall, 1,000-metre canoe

- Kyle Shewfelt, gymnastics

- Brent Hayden, swimming, 100-metre freestyle

- Sebastien Michaud, taekwondo

- Gary Reed, track and field, 800 metres

- Eric Lamaze, equestrian, show jumping

- Ivett Gonda, taekwondo

- Carol Huynh, wrestling

- Martine Dugrenier, wrestling

- Samantha Cools, BMX

- Emilie Heymans, diving

- Scott Frandsen and Dave Calder, rowing pair

- Mike Leigh, sailing, laser class

- Blythe Hartley, diving

- Sherraine Schalm, fencing, epee

- Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benfeito, synchronized diving

- Jeane Lassen, weightlifting

- men's 4x200 relay swim team

- women's eight rowing crew

- women's softball team


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By the way, Canada's Olympic team now has 332 athletes. Indeed, Frank Dancevic has been added to the men's single draw. Additionally, Frederic Niemeyer, who is already taking part in the men's doubles, will also be taking part in the men's single.

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I just hope that they get used to the weather and environment there. At least, the Canadian women's soccer team is on the right track so far. It will be interesting on how far they will go in the tournament.

On another front, the swimming events for Canada will be a challenge. If the team can get at least one medal from there, it will be an improvement from Athens 2004.

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What the hell was Brent Hayden thinking to withdrawl from the Men`s 200m Freestyle. He was 3rd in Qualifying. The Canadian Men`s 4x100m relay team aren`t gonna win anything for him to concentrate on that. They just didn`t medal there.

So far, we have 0 medals.

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What the hell was Brent Hayden thinking to withdrawl from the Men`s 200m Freestyle. He was 3rd in Qualifying. The Canadian Men`s 4x100m relay team aren`t gonna win anything for him to concentrate on that. They just didn`t medal there.

So far, we have 0 medals.

that shocked me. that's probably why Peter Vanderkaay made it to the semis. or it could've been team orders.

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