That’s all fine and dandy, but from the moment she captured the top of the podium, attention quickly turned to the next Canadian gold medallist.
So who will it be?
No one can predict that question.
Still, here are five possible Canadians who may follow MacLennan’s lead:
- Catharine Pendrel (Mountain Bike) — The Harvey, N.B., native could well be the next best hope. Pendrel, who won CBCSports.ca’s tournament-style vote to decide Canada’s choice for Olympic flag bearer, is the reigning world champion and top-ranked women’s mountain biker heading into London. She also won the Olympic test event held last July at Hadleigh Farm.
Scheduled to compete: Aug. 11
- Marie-Pier Boudreau Gagnon & Elise Marcotte (Synchronized Swimming) — Boudreau Gagnon , of the Riviere-du-Loup, and Marcotte, of L’Ancienne-Lorette, Que., won a pair of gold medals (Duet and Team) at the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico. As part of a larger team competition, Boudreau Gagnon and Marcotte also won bronze at the 2011 world aquatics championships in Shanghai.
Scheduled to compete: Duet Final — Aug. 6, Team Final — Aug. 9, 10
- Richard Weinberger (10-kilometre Open Water Marathon) — After making its debut in Beijing, the open-water competition has a legitimate Canadian medal threat. The confidence of the 22-year-old from Victoria must be soaring following his first international gold in the Olympic test event last summer. He then qualified for London when he finished second at a race in Setubal, Portugal in June.
Scheduled to compete: Aug. 10
- Adam van Koeverden (Kayak) — A three-time Olympic medallsts, the Oakville, Ont., kayaker’s best performance came at the 2004 Athens Games where he won gold in the K-1,500 metres and bronze in the 1,000. He added silver in the 500 – an event that won’t be part of London – in Beijing four years later. The bad news: van Koeverden finished a disappointing eighth of the 1,000 final in Beijing and was labeled a disappointment by some critics expecting the Canadian to win two gold medals. The good news: AVK is the reigning world champ in the 1,000, and he'll be able to focus solely on that event in London.
Scheduled to compete: Men’s final — Aug. 8
- Carol Huynh (Wrestling) — She might have been a surprise at the start of the Beijing Olympics but the Hazelton, B.C., wrestler was one of the Canadian stars when the Games were all said and done. Huynh was stellar in all of her matches in the 48-kilogram division en route to becoming the only the Canadian woman wrestler to ever win an Olympic gold. Huynh earned a bronze at the 2010 world championships, but dropped her quarter-final match in 2011.
Scheduled to compete: Aug. 8