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Absolutely Shameful January 18, 2006

Posted by Binford in Politics.

These athletes are an embarassment to our country. Perhaps they shouldn’t even carry the flag on their clothing:

Most of the top candidates to carry Canada’s flag in the opening ceremonies at the 2006 Turin Olympics — including cross-country skier Beckie Scott and speed skaters Clara Hughes and Cindy Klassen — declined to be nominated for the honour so they can focus on their events.

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The excuses are pretty lame.

Good old Don Cherry chimes in on this whole flag flap.

Hockey commentator Don Cherry doesn’t agree. During a separate CBC Newsworld interview, he criticized athletes who decline to make themselves available as flag-bearer.

“The thing is, they don’t care,” he said. “That nonsense about getting prepared – how long does it take? A little walk around.

“Come out and say you don’t care … but don’t say `It will upset my performance.’ That’s ridiculous.”

“They’re asking the wrong people,” Cherry added. “There’s lots of people, I’m sure, who’d love to carry the flag in.”

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No way should he have to apologize to anyone for these comments.

UPDATE:  Actually after watching the TSN report about it, I’m beginning to see the other side to not carrying the flag.  But I still think it’s shameful.  These are the Olympics.  This is a time for all of us to be proud of our country.  To hear people say they don’t want to carry our flag makes me a little angry. 



1. Kel - January 19, 2006

Yah, I heard an athlete talking about that on the news this morning. He said that when he carried the flag, his oponent (who did NOT carry a flag) got more practice time. Apparently, the demand on a flag bearer is pretty great. I mean, athletes ARE there representing the country, but let’s face it, they are they to win medals! I can totally see why an athlete would not want to be on the list.

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