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Source: B.C. curler to carry flag at Winter Youth Olympics in Innsbruck

01/03/2012 03:11 EST | Updated 03/04/2012 05:12 EST
Corryn Brown, a 16-year-old curler from Kamloops, B.C., has been chosen Canada’s flag-bearer at the first-ever Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria.

A source confirmed the announcement will be made Wednesday in Kamloops.

Canada is sending 51 athletes to the Youth Winter Games, slated for Jan. 13-22.

The Games are expected to draw some 1,100 athletes between the ages of 14 and 18 from more than 60 countries. They will compete in the same sports as in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Despite her young age, Brown's curling credentials are already impressive. She skipped B.C. to the gold medal at the 2010 Canada Winter Games in Halifax and won the B.C. High School Curling Championship in both 2010 and 2011.

Last year, she was the B.C. Junior Provincial runner-up and B.C. Juvenile Provincial gold medallist.

The first Summer Youth Olympic Games were held in 2010 in Singapore.

Canadian swimmers Rachel Nicol and Tera van Beilen won three medals apiece while fencer Alexandre Lyssov picked up a pair.

The Canadian team collected 12 medals to finish 13th in the overall medal count.

Last month, Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby was named a Youth Olympic Ambassador for the Innsbruck Games.

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