Hayley Wickenheiser named Canadian Olympic flag-bearer


Hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser will carry the flag for team Canada on Feb. 7 during Sochi’s opening ceremonies.

The Shaunavon, Saskatchewan native won a gold medal with Canada’s women’s hockey team in the past four olympics.

The 35-year old will not captain the team this year, but many Canadians like the decision. They took to twitter to congratulate Wickenheiser.

“Proud moment for women’s hockey! Big congratulations to @wick_22! A very deserving flag bearer @CDNOlympicTeam #wearewinter #Sochi2014” – @paige_marlow

The frontrunners for the honour included: Charles Hamelin, Erik Guay, and Alexandre Bilodeau, which made Wickenheiser a surprise choice. She will proudly lead the team of Canadian athletes into Fisht Olympic Stadium.


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Wickenheiser responded to the honour via satellite from Austria, “I just can’t wait to get to Sochi and wave that flag.”


Past Canadian flag-bearers:

-Clara Hughes (Vancouver 2010)

-Danielle Goyette (Turin 2006)

-Catriona Le May Doan (Salt Lake City 2002)

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