According to CTV, Simon Whitfield of Kingston, Ontario has been selected to carry Canada’s flag at the Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Whitfield won an Olympic Gold medal for Canada in men’s triathlon at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and then an Olympic Silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
According to the International Triathlon Union, Whitfield will become the first triathlete in Olympic history to carry his or her country’s flag in an Opening Ceremony.
At 37 years of age, Whitfield currently trains in Victoria, British Columbia. He is also ranked tenth in the overall world rankings.
Whitfield was chosen over equestrian rider Ian Millar, who is about to take part in his tenth Olympic Games at the remarkable age of 65. Millar was my prediction just because of his remarkable longevity in the sport.
The Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Olympic Games in London will take place Friday, July 27.