Kim Boutin named Canada's flag-bearer for closing ceremony
Short track speed skater won 3 medals in Olympic debut
By CBC Sports
Short track speed skater Kim Boutin was named Canada's flag-bearer for the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Boutin won three medals in her Olympic debut, including bronze in the 500 and 1,500-metres and silver in the 1,000.
The 23-year-old from Sherbrooke, Que., said Isabelle Charest, Canada's chef de mission and a former speedskater, delivered the good news.
"I started to cry a little bit," Boutin said. "I was alone and she told me to keep it to myself too, so that was pretty hard. I was pretty excited, and that was a big honour because I know there are so many athletes that deserved that."
Boutin was the target of online abuse following her 500 bronze from fans of South Korean skater Choi Min-jeong. Choi originally finished with silver but was disqualified, bumping Boutin up to bronze. Some South Korean fans blamed the Canadian.
Canada has won 28 medals so far in these Games, the most ever by the country's athletes at a Winter Games. That includes 11 gold medals. Canada also reached the 500-medal mark at both Summer and Winter Games after Sébastien Toutant earned big air gold.
The ice dance duo of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir carried the flag in the opening ceremony on Feb. 9.
Here are some of Canada's past Winter Games closing ceremony flag-bearers:
Sochi 2014: Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse, bobsleigh.
Vancouver 2010: Joannie Rochette, figure skating.
Torino 2006: Cindy Klassen, speed skating.
Salt Lake City 2002: Jamie Salé and David Pelletier, figure skating.
Nagano 1998: Catriona Le May Doan, speed skating.
Lillehammer 1994: Myriam Bedard, biathlon.
Albertville 1992: Nathalie Lambert, short track speed skating.