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Millar a sentimental choice for Canada's flag-bearer

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TRIATHLETE Simon Whitfield, cyclist Catharine Pendrel and veteran show jumper Ian Millar are among the favourites to carry Canada's flag in the opening ceremonies at the London Olympics.

Canada's flag-bearer will be introduced this morning on the front lawn of Parliament Hill.

Victoria's Whitfield captured gold for Canada at the 2000 Sydney Games where triathlon made its debut, then followed it up with a silver at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Pendrel, from Harvey, N.B., is the reigning women's mountain bike world champion.

The 65-year-old Millar, from Perth, Ont., will set a world record when he competes in his 10th Olympic Games.

Other favourites include cyclist Clara Hughes, trampolinist Karen Cockburn, Canada's women's soccer captain Christine Sinclair, tennis player Daniel Nestor, and diver Alexandre Despatie.

Despatie, however, told reporters recently that he would decline any offer to carry the flag.

"It's a great distraction, although it is the greatest honour an athlete can receive," the two-time Olympic silver medallist said.

The opening ceremonies are July 27.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 12, 2012 D4

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