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Simon Whitfield Named Canada’s Flag Bearer

Canadian triathlete Simon Whitfield will lead Canada's athletes into the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony in just over two weeks time.

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Canadian triathlete Simon Whitfield will lead Canada’s athletes into the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony in just over two weeks time.

The two-time Olympic medalist was named as Canada’s Olympic flag bearer in a press conference Thursday morning.

“It was a huge thrill for me to receive the call from my Olympic hero, Mark Tewksbury, asking me to be Canada’s flag-bearer,” said the veteran from Victoria, B.C. “Once I got over the shock of how cool it was that Mark called, my thoughts turned to all of the incredibly talented Canadian athletes on this team. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to carry our flag while representing the sport of triathlon, but more importantly, it’s a privilege to be the one who will lead this amazing team of Canadian athletes who have dedicated their lives to achieving their Olympic dream and represent our nation on the world’s greatest sporting stage.”

“Simon Whitfield is truly a fitting representative of this year’s team and how they see themselves which, in their own words, is Fierce. Proud. World-Class. Relentless. Unbreakable,” said Tewksbury, Chef de Mission for the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team.

Read more: Ctvolympics.ca

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