Simon Whitfield’s wife Jennie and daughter Pippa cry following the news that Simon had been knocked out of the race following a crash on the bike during the men’s triathlon at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The Canadian was in good position following a 1.5-kilometre swim but lost control of his bike after going over a small speed bump coming out of the transition. Whitfield veered sharply to the left and went careening off his bike into a curb and metal guard-rail. He knocked another competitor down in the process.
This was expected to be his last race. (Photo: Tyler Anderson/National Post)
He became a surprise hero for Canada at the Olympics in Sydney 12 years ago — and a source of inspiration four years ago in Beijing — will carry the flag for the Canadian delegation at the London Olympics later this month.
Word leaked out before the announcement was made official Thursday in Ottawa.
Other contenders to carry the flag included cyclist Catharine Pendrel, show jumper Ian Millar and diver Alexandre Despatie, who told reporters he would decline if chosen. Who was your pick for flagbearer?