Rosie MacLennan named as Rio 2016 Team Canada Flag Bearer

Thursday, July 21, 2016

On Thursday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that two-time Olympian and London 2012 gold medallist, Rosie MacLennan, would lead Team Canada into the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. The announcement took place at an event in Ottawa on Parliament Hill.

As the Flag Bearer for Team Canada, MacLennan will lead a team of approximately 314 athletes when marching into the opening ceremony. MacLennan takes the reigns from London 2012 Flag Bearer, Simon Whitfield.

MacLennan competed at her second Olympic Games in 2012 and won Canada’s only gold medal in London. She performed the most difficult routine of the competition to earn a career-high score of 57.305 for Canada’s first-ever Olympic trampoline gold medal. She had first gained multi-sport experience at the 2007 Pan Am Games where she won silver before stepping up to win gold at Guadalajara 2011. She successfully defended that gold medal at home at Toronto 2015, sharing the podium with teammate Karen Cockburn, after coming back from a concussion.

Making her world championship debut in 2005, MacLennan won her first medal, a bronze, in 2007. She added another bronze in 2010 before winning silver in 2011. After her Olympic triumph, MacLennan maintained her top international ranking, winning her first world title in 2013. She added another silver in 2014. After suffering her second concussion of the year when she was accidently hit on the head by a car trunk, MacLennan was happy just to be able to compete at the 2015 World Championships. Choosing to lower the technical difficulty in her routine, she trained it for one week and finished just off the podium in fourth place.

The Flag Bearer Selection Committee is comprised of one athlete representative, selected by the COC Athletes’ Commission, Jeff Christie; Rio 2016 Team Canada Chef de Mission, Curt Harnett; COC President, Tricia Smith; COC Executive Director of Sport, (who is a non-voting member), Eric Myles; and Nicole Forrester, a representative of the Team Selection Committee.

Story and Photo from the Canadian Olympic Committee | olympic.ca

 

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