Do You Agree with Canada’s Choice of Joannie Rochette as Flag Bearer in the Vancouver Olympics Closing Ceremonies?

Joannie Rochette

MAJOR UPDATE!!!
Somebody has come to their senses since Saturday when the Canadian Press was widely reporting Charles Hamelin as our Canadian flag bearer for the 2010 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremonies. I have revised the story. Poll is still at the bottom as to who you thought should have carried our flag.

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Canada had a plethora of amazing choices from which to choose as closing ceremonies:

  • Alexandre Bilodeau — first gold medal for Canada on home soil that’s been awaited for a long time. He was a surprise winner in the freestyle ski. He also had one of the most memorable Olympics moment in 2010, with the hug for his brother Frederic who has cerebral palsy but who is his hero.
  • Maëlle Ricker — first ladies gold, not the favoured one, 3rd Olympics. She’s also had 8 knee operations if you want to talk about winning in the face of adversity. She also seemed to be the vote according to the Canadian Press. She’s also local from Squamish, BC.
  • Clara Hughes — bronze medalist to become Canada’s greatest Olympian medalist, Winter and Summer Olympics medals, wrapping up her career.
  • Joannie Rochetteco-winner of the Terry Fox award. It was athletes who endured personal tragedies at the climax of their Olympic careers, only to press on against seemingly insurmountable odds to win medals, being the ultimate embodiment of the best in the human spirit. Despite the sudden unexpected death of her Mother to deal with days before her competition, she performed and carried the Canadian nation for five days. That was also after that dreadful middle weekend where so many athletes did not attain their projected results, including Charles Hamelin on a couple of occasions. Of course, Joannie got a bronze medal to go with it. She’s also got French heritage to match Charles for the Francophones who didn’t think there were enough French representation in the games.

There are other outstanding candidates, like the women’s hockey team. The men’s hockey team still had their final results to be determined so they were not in contention.

If anyone were deserving, though, I think Joannie Rochette was. I think she embodies what this country and its people are all about with her performance at these winter Olympics. I would have pretty much put everybody else on that list above before Charles. I don’t know what that story on Charles Hamelin carrying the flag was all about, or who was propagating it, but that would have been worse than the ice skating judging nonsense over Plushenko and Lysacek.

Let Charles carry Marianne St Gelais at the Closing Ceremonies! They’re wildly in love and she’s REALLY adorable! 🙂

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What Did You Think of Canada’s Choice of Wayne Gretzky as the Final Olympics Torch Bearer?

There’s been a lot of anticipation, debate and polling over the past week on who would be the final torch bearer for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

After Rick Hansen, Catriona LeMay Doan, Steve Nash, Nancy Greene, it was the Great Wayne Gretzky as highly speculated. Technically, he did not light the torch at the ceremonies, as all but Rick Hansen were supposed to have lit a torch.

But technically, in more ways than one, that didn’t happen, either. That hydraulic system raising the five torches could have used some Viagra. Only three of four got up. The fourth one couldn’t manage.

How embarrassing! The world was watching and we couldn’t get it up!

Catriona LeMay Doan was left standing without lighting the torch. So sad, as it’s a great honour and it got taken away on a technicality.

Wayne then went off to light the Olympics cauldron outdoors because technically, there has to be a cauldron lit that could be seen for miles around, and that can’t happen with the torch in BC Place where the ceremonies took place.

So what did you think of the choice to have the Great Wayne light the torch? And if you didn’t like it, who did you think should have been given the honour? Serious choices preferred, but don’t let your sense of humour or creativity through.

I was all for Wayne, myself. 🙂

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