British Columbia triathlete Simon Whitfield will carry Canada’s flag in the opening ceremonies of the London summer Olympics.
According to The Globe & Mail:
The Victoria, B.C.-based Whitfield won gold for Canada at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia and captured a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Born in Kingston, Ont., the 37-year-old athlete also struck gold at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England.
He’s a fitting choice because B.C. hosted the 2010 Winter Games in the Vancouver area.
The opening ceremonies for the London Olympics are July 27.
Among the Canadian Olympic contenders, each sport was invited to nominate an athlete; then those athletes had to agree to consideration.
The names were reviewed by a committee made up of Mr. Tewksbury, assistant chef de mission Sylvie Bernier, two athletes and a coach.
Nominees were considered on athletic achievements, community outreach and embodiment of Olympic values.