Bearing the weight of Canada's flag
Eric Duhatschek has a suggestion as to who should carry Team Canada's flag at the Turin Olympics in the opening ceremonies Feb. 10. Hockey fans in this country are probably relieved to hear it's not someone from the defending champion men's hockey team, given all the talk of the 'flag bearer's curse' in this country the past few Games:
It should be women's hockey player Danielle Goyette.Works for me. As long as it's not Martin Brodeur. Or soon-to-be team captain 'Burnaby' Joe Sakic. Keep Jarome Iginla away, too.
Goyette will be appearing in her third Olympic Games, after winning a silver medal in 1998 and a gold medal in 2002. A native of St-Nazaire, Que., Goyette will turn 40 on Jan. 30, or less than a fortnight before the Games begin. She's been living in Calgary for the past few years, playing with the Oval X-Treme and working at the Home Depot to keep life and limb together, so that she could get one more final crack at participating in the Olympic Games. Like a lot of athletes, she made important personal sacrifices in order to do so.