CBC Sports - Monday Jan. 20, 2014 13:02 ET

Vote for your Canadian Olympic flag-bearer

Who should lead Canada into Sochi's Fisht Olympic Stadium?


Just a handful of candidates that could be chosen to be Canada's flag bearer in Sochi on Feb. 7. (CBC/Reuters/Getty Images)

The Sochi Olympics are drawing ever closer, and as it approaches, there is one question that needs to be answered: Who will be selected as Canada’s flag-bearer for the opening ceremony?

Here, for your consideration, are six choices to carry Canada’s flag into Fisht Olympic Stadium on Feb. 7: 

Name: Hayley Wickenheiser

Age: 35

Hometown: Shaunavon, Sask.

Sport: Women’s hockey

Previous Olympic experience: 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 (3 gold, 1 silver)

Making the case: One of the most decorated female hockey players of all-time will try and help the 2014 Canadian Olympic team in search of their fourth-straight gold medal. It also may be her final Olympic appearance as an athlete. Wickenheiser could be considered the favourite of all hockey players, male or female, to be the flag-bearer.


Name: Charles Hamelin

Age: 29

Hometown: Sainte-Julie, Que.

Sport: Short track speed skating

Previous Olympic experience: 2010 (2 gold)

Making the case: The anchor of the formidable Canadian men’s short track speed skating squad, Hamelin is aiming for another medal haul in Sochi after scoring double gold in Vancouver.


Name(s): Kaillie Humphries & Heather Moyse

Age(s): 28, 35

Hometown(s): Calgary & Summerside, P.E.I.

Sport: Bobsleigh

Previous Olympic experience: 2010 (gold)

Making the case: Humphries is a two-time world champion and is in Sochi to defend the Olympic gold medal she won with her brakeman, Moyse, in Vancouver. The two have reunited on the World Cup circuit this season and started out in dominating fashion, smashing start records and racking up wins along the way to Sochi.


Name: Patrick Chan

Age: 23

Hometown: Ottawa

Sport: Figure skating

Previous Olympic experience: 2010 

Making the case: The seven-time Canadian champion and three-time world champion has found success at every level, except for the Olympics. Perhaps flag-bearer duty could be the boost the figure skater needs to climb the podium in Sochi.


Name: Alex Bilodeau

Age: 26

Hometown: Montreal

Sport: Freestyle skiing - Moguls

Previous Olympic experience: 2010 (gold)

Making the case: The Canadian freestyle skier won Canada’s first-ever gold medal on home soil in Vancouver in 2010, a performance that was commemorated on a Canada Post stamp. He's also been on fire as of late; snagging three-straight World Cup moguls wins.


Name(s): Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir

Age(s): 24, 26

Hometown(s): London, Ont. , and Ilderton, Ont.

Sport: Ice Dancing

Previous Olympic experience: 2010 (gold)

Making the case: The first-ever Canadian ice dance team to take gold are among very few figure skating Olympians looking to defend their title. Historically figure skaters don`t have a long competitive life, so to see Virtue and Moir persevere equally through success as through injuries and failure, exemplifies true Olympic spirit.

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