Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Posted: 08/11/2012 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
LONDON -- If the virtual community had any say, Christine Sinclair would be the popular choice to carry Canada's flag into the closing ceremony of the London Olympics.
Twitter has been abuzz with support for Canada's women's soccer captain since she led her team to a bronze medal three days after recording a hat trick in a heartbreaking semifinal loss to the United States.
There's a growing campaign on the social media website, with the hashtag SinclairForFlagBearer picking up steam. Among notable Canadians who have tweeted their support are women's hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser, British Columbia premier Christy Clark, broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi and Major League Soccer's Vancouver Whitecaps.
Canadian coach John Herdman believes she's the obvious choice.
"She's a special woman and I think Canada has been privileged to watch her play for these many years. I think there has been a bit of void in her career and that was filled (Thursday) night," Herdman said Friday.
"What a great time it would be for someone to lead Canada around. She's been a servant of this country for so many years, she's inspired so many kids. (Thursday) night, and particularly in the heartbreak against the United States, that's legendary stuff, that's unbelievable."
-- The Canadian Press
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 11, 2012 C3
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