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Olympics 2012 - Pretty spectacular and unfathomable!
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Olympics 2012 - Pretty spectacular and unfathomable!
The Canadian Olympic team marches into the opening ceremony behind flag bearer Simon Whitfield at the 2012 London Olympics, on Friday, July 27, 2012. COC photo by Mike Ridewood

London - July 28, 2012 - Here are a number of quotes from our Canadian athletes after last night's Olympic Opening Ceremonies in London.

"What a rush. It was so amazing and was such an honour to be here tonight leading all of the athletes that I respect."
-Simon Whitfield, 2012 Canadian Olympic Team Flag Bearer

"I am really really thrilled to be here and for the experience."
-François Coulombe-Fortier, taekwondo (+80kg)

“It was surreal and so much fun " so great to have my Canadian teammates behind me and just feeling the vibe. Last time, in Beijing, I was fighting for position with the water polo guys and this time I was right up front. So awesome!”
-Carol Huynh, 2008 gold medallist in freestyle wrestling (-48kg)

“This is only my second one since 1972, so I am a rookie to opening ceremony, but one word: proud!”
-Ian Millar, 10-time Olympian and 2008 Olympic silver medallist in team show jumping

"It’s incredible, it’s gorgeous, it’s fun!"
-Marie Pier Beaudet, three-time Olympian in archery

“You get that magical feeling that its real now and I’m here. I get excited every time!”
-Karen Cockburn, three-time Olympic medallist in trampoline

“It was pretty cool. It was so surreal and can’t describe it. I am so inspired right now to know we are ready and going to be a competitive team.”
-Leah Callahan, women’s freestyle wrestling (-72 kg)

“It was amazing! So proud to be chosen for the front of the line and felt like a superstar. To be leading the team was one of the best moments of my life for sure.”
-Jason Burnett, 2008 silver medallist in trampoline

“This is a moment you dream of being part of one day. Marching in the opening is what you picture and it’s the highlight of my life!”
-Martin Reader, men’s beach volleyball

“Pretty spectacular and unfathomable!”
-Josh Binstock, men’s beach volleyball

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