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CBC Sports - Sunday Feb. 23, 2014 01:39 ET

Kaillie Humphries, Heather Moyse named Canada's flag-bearers

Bobsledders won 2nd straight gold in Sochi

Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse display their gold medals

Kaillie Humphries, left, and Heather Moyse received their Sochi Olympic gold medals in women's bobsleigh at a special ceremony on Thursday at Medals Plaza. (Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images)

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Repeat bobsled champions Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse have been named Canada's flag-bearers for the closing ceremony at the Sochi Olympics.

The duo won their second consecutive gold medal in the women's two-man event, becoming the first female bobsledders to accomplish that feat.

Pilot Humphries, from Calgary, and brakewoman Moyse, of Summerside, P.E.I., came from behind to defend the title they earned four years ago in Vancouver. They defeated American rivals Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams in the last two of four runs at the Sanki Sliding Center on Wednesday.

"This has been such a great Games for Canada and leading the team into the closing ceremony is the cherry on top of a fantastic couple of weeks. I am so honoured," Humphries said at the Canadian Olympic Committee's closing press conference Sunday.

"This is such an amazing privilege. I will carry the flag with the most utmost pride and patriotism, on behalf of all Canadians," Moyse said.

Various injuries forced Moyse, 35, to miss two years on the World Cup circuit. She rejoined Humphries at the start of this season and the pair won three World Cup races together.

Humphries, 28, dominated the last two seasons heading into the Olympic year. She won back-to-back world titles and eight straight international races with three different brakewomen.

Humphries and Moyse are Canada's third set of dual flag-bearers for an Olympic closing ceremony. Figure skaters Jamie Sale and David Pelletier had the honour at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, and rowers Marnie McBean and Kathleen Heddle were dual flag-bearers for the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta.

The Sochi Games closing ceremony will take place at Fisht Olympic Stadium at 11 a.m. ET (streaming live at CBC.ca/Olympics).

 

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