Rosie MacLennan holds a Canadian flag after being named as the Olympic flag-bearer in Ottawa. (Photo: Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)"To lead my country into the opening ceremony makes me feel so proud to be Canadian," she said in a statement. "Joining the ranks of all the incredible athletes who have come before me is definitely a highlight of my career so far and one that I will remember for the rest of my life."
Replay the live ceremony:
Triathlete Simon Whitfield carried the flag into the stadium four years ago in London.
It's been a challenging lead-up for the 27-year-old MacLennan.
Her training was derailed last fall due to a concussion.
Rosie MacLennan competes in the women's individual trampoline gymnastics final at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games where she won gold. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)She made her first world championship appearance in 2005 and won bronze two years later. She earned Pan Am silver at the 2007 Games in Rio and finished seventh in her Olympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Games. She showed her London win was no fluke by taking her first world title in 2013 and adding silver the following year. Last summer, she captured gold in front of a hometown crowd at the Toronto Pan Am Games. The Rio Olympics open Aug. 5. Canada will be sending a team of more than 300 athletes with the goal of surpassing the 18 medals it won four years ago.
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