WINNIPEG - Speedskater Clara Hughes will be unveiled today as Canada’s Olympic flag-bearer, the Toronto Star is reporting.

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WINNIPEG - Speedskater Clara Hughes will be unveiled today as Canada’s Olympic flag-bearer, the Toronto Star is reporting.

Hughes will lead the Canadian team into B.C. Place Stadium for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics on Feb. 12, the newspaper said.

Clara Hughes removes her skates after winning the women's 3000-metre event at the Canadian Speed Skating Single Distance Championships in December.

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Clara Hughes removes her skates after winning the women's 3000-metre event at the Canadian Speed Skating Single Distance Championships in December.

The 37-year-old native Winnipegger, the only Canadian to ever have won medals at both the Summer and Winter Olympics -- in cycling and speedskating -- is also an active humanitarian who wrote a cheque for $10,000 for the Right to Play charity after winning gold in Turin.

In other words, she’s perfect to carry Canada’s colours into B.C. Place.

"I mean, ‘Would I like to?’ Of course I would. Who wouldn’t? It’d be pretty awesome," Hughes said in an earlier interview when she was touted as a possible candidate to be flag-bearer.

"I remember in my first Olympics, my first Olympic race (cycling) in Atlanta, standing on the start line, I was smiling and I felt so filled with energy and joy. I just thought, ‘I have the energy of millions of people inside of me. I am Canada. I am my country. I am my people. I am this huge thing.’

"I think it will be magical whoever gets to do that, to lead this Olympic team into that stadium. I think, `Wow, it’s huge.’"