Thursday, June 1, 2017

1 month to Canada 150: Olympic Memories

Counting 150 outstanding Olympic athletes for Canada's 150th birthday, the following Opening Ceremony flag bearers are athletes #9-#55. Click here to see the blog post with #1-8.

We've had 25 summer and 22 winter Opening Ceremony flag bearers.

There have been 10 who competed in athletics, including our first four flag bearers and 7 who competed in hockey, including our first five flag bearers. Looking at the Olympics since the 1976 Games, athletics and canoe/kayak have yielded three flag bearers each. The winter Olympics have had three speed skating flag bearers (plus one short track speed skating).

Thirteen flag bearers won a medal in more than one Olympics.

Twenty three won a medal at the Games where they were the flag bearer; fourteen of which were gold medals.

Thirteen of the forty seven flag bearers were women. The first Canadian female flag bearer was Nancy Green in 1968. Since then, half the flag bearers have been female.

Summer Olympic Games

2016 - Rosie MacLeannan - Trampoline
2012 - Simon Whitfield - Triathlon
2008 - Adam van Koeverden - Kayak
2004 - Nicolas Gill - Judo
2000 - Caroline Brunet - Kayak
1996 - Charmain Crooks - Athletics
1992 - Mike Smith - Athletics
1988 - Carolyn Waldo - Synchronized Swimming
1984 - Alex Baumann - Swimming
1980 -  Sue Halloway - Canoe
1976 - Abby Hoffman - Athletics
1972 - Douglas Rogers - Judo
1968 - Roger Jackson - Rowing
1964 - Gil Boa - Shooting
1960 - Carl Schwende - Fencing
1956 - Bob Steckle - Wrestling
1952 - Bill Parnell - Athletics
1948 - Bob McFarlane - Athletics
1944 - none - cancelled due to World War II
1940 - none - cancelled due to World War II
1936 - Jim Worrall - Athletics
1932 - George Maughan - Boxing
1928 - Joseph Wright Jr. - Rowing
1924 - Hec Phillips - Athletics
1920 - Archie McDiarmid - Athletics
1916 - none - cancelled due to World War I
1912 - Duncan Gillis - Athletics
1908 - Ed Archibald - Athletics

Winter Olympic Games

2014 - Hayley Wickenheiser - Hockey
2010 - Clara Hughes - Speed Skating
2006 - Danielle Goyette - Hockey
2002 - Catriona Le May Doan - Speed Skating
1998 - Jean-Luc Brassard - Moguls
1994 - Kurt Browning - Figure Skating
1992 - Sylvie Daigle - Short Track Speed Skating
1988 - Brian Orser - Figure Skating
1984 - Gaétan Boucher - Speed Skating
1980 - Ken Read - Alpine Skiing
1976 - Dave Irwin - Alpine Skiing
1972 - Karen Magnussen - Figure Skating
1968 - Nancy Greene - Alpine Skiing
1964 - Ralf Olin - Speed Skating
1960 - Robert Paul - Figure Skating
1956 - Norris Bowden - Figure Skating
1952 - Gordon Audley - Speed Skating
1948 - Hubert Brooks - Hockey
1944 - none - cancelled due to World War II
1940 - none - cancelled due to World War II
1936 - Walter Kitchen - Hockey
1932 - Hack Simpson - Hockey
1928 - John Porter - Hockey
1924 - Ernie Collett - Hockey



Flag Bearer Medals Won 

Summer Olympic Games

2016 - Rosie MacLeannan - Trampoline
         - Gold (2016, 2012)
2012 - Simon Whitfield - Triathlon
         - Gold (2000); Silver (2008)
2008 - Adam van Koeverden - Kayak
         - Gold (2004); Silver (2012, 2008); Bronze (2004)
2004 - Nicolas Gill - Judo
         - Silver (2000); Bronze (1992)
2000 - Caroline Brunet - Kayak
         - Silver (2000, 1996); Bronze (2004)
1996 - Charmain Crooks - Athletics
         - Silver (1984)
1992 - Mike Smith - Athletics
1988 - Carolyn Waldo - Synchronized Swimming
         - Gold (2x1988); Silver (1984)
1984 - Alex Baumann - Swimming
         - Gold (2x1984)
1980 -  Sue Halloway - Canoe
            (chosen but did not participate due to Canada's boycott of the Games)
         - Silver (1984); Bronze (1984)
1976 - Abby Hoffman - Athletics
1972 - Douglas Rogers - Judo
         - Silver (1964)
1968 - Roger Jackson - Rowing
         - Gold (1964)
1964 - Gil Boa - Shooting
         - Bronze (1956)
1960 - Carl Schwende - Fencing
1956 - Bob Steckle - Wrestling
1952 - Bill Parnell - Athletics
1948 - Bob McFarlane - Athletics
1944 - none - cancelled due to World War II
1940 - none - cancelled due to World War II
1936 - Jim Worrall - Athletics
1932 - George Maughan - Boxing
1928 - Joseph Wright Jr. - Rowing
         - Silver (1928)
1924 - Hec Phillips - Athletics
1920 - Archie McDiarmid - Athletics
1916 - none - cancelled due to World War I
1912 - Duncan Gillis - Athletics
         - Silver (1912)
1908 - Ed Archibald - Athletics
         - Bronze (1908)


Winter Olympic Games

2014 - Hayley Wickenheiser - Hockey
         - Gold (2014, 2010, 2006, 2002); Silver 1998
2010 - Clara Hughes - Speed Skating
         - Gold (2006); Silver (2006); Bronze (2010, 2002)
         - plus 2 summer Bronze (1996)
2006 - Danielle Goyette - Hockey
         - Gold (2006, 2002); Silver 1998
2002 - Catriona Le May Doan - Speed Skating
         - Gold (2002, 1998); Bronze (1998)
1998 - Jean-Luc Brassard - Moguls
         - Gold (1994)
1994 - Kurt Browning - Figure Skating
1992 - Sylvie Daigle - Short Track Speed Skating
         - Gold (1992); Silver (1994)
1988 - Brian Orser - Figure Skating
         - Silver (1988; 1984)
1984 - Gaétan Boucher - Speed Skating
         - Gold (2x1984); Silver 1980; Bronze (1984)
1980 - Ken Read - Alpine Skiing
1976 - Dave Irwin - Alpine Skiing
1972 - Karen Magnussen - Figure Skating
         - Silver (1972)
1968 - Nancy Greene - Alpine Skiing
         - Gold (1968); Silver (1968)
1964 - Ralf Olin - Speed Skating
1960 - Robert Paul - Figure Skating
         - Gold (1960)
1956 - Norris Bowden - Figure Skating
         - Silver (1956)
1952 - Gordon Audley - Speed Skating
         - Bronze (1952)
1948 - Hubert Brooks - Hockey
         - Gold (1948)
1944 - none - cancelled due to World War II
1940 - none - cancelled due to World War II
1936 - Walter Kitchen - Hockey
         - Silver (1936)
1932 - Hack Simpson - Hockey
         - Gold (1932)
1928 - John Porter - Hockey
         - Gold (1928)
1924 - Ernie Collett - Hockey
         - Gold (1924)

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