Posted by: PPHR | January 31, 2010

13 Days to Go!

Did You Know?

Speed skater Clara Hughes, a five-time Olympic medallist, will carry the Canadian flag at the Opening Ceremony of the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, the Canadian Olympic Committee said Friday.

The announcement came as the COC officially announced the 206 athlete who will compete for Canada.

“This is without a doubt the greatest honour of my sporting life,” Hughes said. “Leading the Team into BC Place is something I look forward to because of the world class Canadian athletes beside me, and the inspiring stories behind each one of them.

“These Games will have a profound impact on every Canadian, fostering so many hopes and dreams. I remember being that young person and seeing the Games in Calgary – that was the beginning of my amazing journey that has brought me here today.”

Hughes has won multiple Olympic medals at both Summer and Winter Games as part of a career that will now span five Olympic Games.

She claimed her first medals at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Summer Games, capturing two cycling bronze.

Hughes made her Winter Games debut at Salt Lake City in 2002, competing in the 5,000 metres. Her bronze medal performance made her just the fourth Olympian to reach both the Summer and Winter Olympic podiums.

In Torino in 2006, Hughes captured gold in the 5,000 metres and silver in team pursuit.

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