Gymnast Rosie MacLennan has been named as Team Canada’s flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The announcement was made via a press release just before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was to formally introduce MacLennan as the flag bearer in Ottawa.
“I am honoured to have been chosen as Flag Bearer for Team Canada. To lead my country into the Opening Ceremony makes me feel so proud to be Canadian,” MacLennan said in a statement. Joining the ranks of all the incredible athletes who have come before me is definitely a highlight of my career so far and one that I will remember for the rest of my life. I look forward to marching into the Maracanã stadium wearing the maple leaf, flanked by my incredible teammates.”
— LeslieYoung (@LeslieYoung) July 21, 2016
MacLennan won Canadian hearts with her gold medal-winning trampoline performance in London and her beaming smile on the podium. She took home Canada’s only gold medal of that Olympics. Since then, she’s continued to win medals in world championships and at the Pan Am Games, despite suffering concussions. She remains competitive at the international level and could add to Canada’s medal count this time around.
More to come.
–with a file from Leslie Young.