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2014 Sochi Games

Canada's flag bearers will be ...

The amazing ride for Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse didn't end at the Sanki Sliding Center.

Canada's Olympic bobsled champions received one of the Games' highest honours, chosen to carry Canada's flag into Sunday's closing ceremonies.

"Wow. It's truly an honour to represent what our Canadian athletes are all about," Moyse said. "If we look back to the Canadian team's performance back in Vancouver (in 2010) we can see that a new culture of winning has truly emerged.

"The fight that Kaillie and I demonstrated here reflects the fight of all of our Canadian athletes. We are strong. We are winter. We have the strength of a nation behind us. We were raised on ice and in snow.

"And as we said in our note to the Canadian hockey team, we also fight to the bitter end."

Only twice before has Canada had two people share flag duties: pairs figure skaters Jamie Sale and David Pelletier in 2002, and rowers Marnie McBean and Kathleen Heddle in 1996.

Women's hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser carried the flag into the opening ceremonies in Sochi.

Humphries, from Calgary, and Moyse, from Summerside, P.E.I., displayed steely nerves in their come-from-behind victory. The Canada 1 sled had a gap of 11-100ths of a second to close entering the final run.

Moyse delivered with a strong push at the start, then Humphries took over from there.

In the end the USA-1 sled came up short on its final run, giving Canada the win by a tenth of a second.

"We were able to show the world that we're fierce, we're proud, we're determined, we're not going to settle for anything less than being the very best, and we're going to do it in our own way," Humphries said.

The Canadian Press

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