London 2012 Olympic Games: Meet Team Canadaby Mariève Inoue
published July 23, 2012
Key athletes to watch out for
With the Olympic Games starting in just a few days, everyone’s eyes will be on their TV screens watching the events. We’ll all be rooting for Team Canada, of course! Get to know some of the names you’re bound to be hearing a lot about in the next few weeks.
hometown: Glen Sutton, QC
Does her name sound familiar? It should. If she wins one more medal, Clara Hughes will be Canada’s most decorated Olympian ever. She’s also the only Olympic athlete to have won several medals at both the Summer and Winter Games. “Impressive” is an understatement! Clara Hughes is sponsored by Secret.
discipline: track cycling
hometown: Edmonton, AB
London 2012 will be Whitten’s first Olympic Games, although she is a two-time World Champion in the Omnium. She also competed for Canada as a cross-country skier in the 2005 World Championships before making the switch to track cycling in 2007.
hometown: Windsor, ON
Mary Spencer has been world champion three times, and will be participating in her first Olympic Games this summer. Her discipline, women’s boxing, will also be making its official Olympic debut at London 2012. Spencer is ranked first in the world, and will hopefully bring back the gold! Mary Spencer is sponsored by CoverGirl.
hometown: Laval, QC
After a training accident in Madrid that landed Despatie with a concussion in June, he is back on track and confirmed that he would be on his way to The Olympics for the fourth time in his career. The 27 year old is currently our country’s only male Olympic diving medalist. We’re definitely rooting for him! Alexandre Despatie is sponsored by Gillette.
Marie-Pier Boudreau Gagnon
discipline: synchronized swimming
hometown: Rivière-du-Loup, QC
After watching Olympic medalist Sylvie Fréchette on TV, Boudreau Gagnon started synchronized swimming at age seven. Having competed internationally in the solo, duet and team disciplines, Gagnon will compete in duet and team in London 2012. This year’s Olympic Games are likely to be her last.
hometown: Edmonton, AB
Having started competing in triathlons at age 17, Findlay became an Olympic medal contender after winning World Championship Series events in 2010. This summer, she is on a mission to become Canada’s first ever female medalist in an Olympic triathlon. Paula Findlay is sponsored by P&G beauty.
hometown: Victoria, BC
For his fourth and probably final Olympic appearance, Simon Whitfield has been named the Canadian Olympic Team flag bearer for The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. He’s already won two Olympic medals: gold in Sydney 2000 and silver in Beijing 2008. Will he win a third one this summer? Simon Whitfield is sponsored by Duracell.
Left to right: Alexandre Despatie, Clara Hughes, Simon Whitfield.