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Soccer team captain Christine Sinclair is the popular choice for closing ceremony flag-bearer, but is she the right choice?

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Some interesting questions are being asked when looking for the answer of who will carry Canada's flag at the closing ceremonies of the London Olympic Games.

Does a trampoline gold medal shine brighter than a wrestling silver or a soccer bronze?

Should an individual performance carry more weight than a person's contribution in a team sport? Is it an opportunity to say 'thanks and farewell' or should it be a recognition of someone's future?

If the Twitter world had its say, and popular opinion ruled, Christine Sinclair, the captain of the Canadian women's soccer team, would be pegged for the job.

[Slideshow: Canadian women's soccer star Christine Sinclair]

Rosie MacLennan, who won Canada's first gold medal of the Games on trampoline, is definitely a candidate. So is wrestler Tonya Verbeek, who won a silver medal in her final games. Also in the conversation are diver Emilie Heymans  and high jumper Derek Drouin.

Here's a look at some of the candidates:

CHRISTINE SINCLAIR: She led the soccer women to Canada's first team Olympic medal in a traditional team sport since 1936.

The gifted striker topped the Games' tournament in goals and scored three times in Canada's heart-breaking and controversial loss to the U.S. in the semifinal. Afterwards she stood up and told the world what she thought of the refereeing. Sinclair also had a hand in Diana Matheson's winning goal in the 1-0 victory over France to give Canada a bronze medal.

The 29-year-old from Burnaby, B.C., has been the face of women's soccer in Canada for years. She is regarded as one of the best players in the world and is the backbone of a soccer program that always showed promise but too often underachieved.

[Related: The unlikely man who saved the Canadian women's soccer team]

Sinclair is a strong candidate, but should you single out an individual from a team sport? The women also finished third. Does a bronze medal trump a gold?

ROSIE MACLENNAN: Just when people were thinking Canada is a nation of third-place finishers MacLennan won the country's first-ever Olympic gold medal in trampoline.  The 23-year-old from King City, Ont., did it with a near perfect routine and defeated the defending Olympic champion He Wenna from China.

Any Olympic gold medal is an achievement, but this was TRAMPOLINE. It's not exactly a sport that captures a nation's passion. MacLennan is full of personality and will compete at future Olympics. She will always remember her victory, but six months from now most Canadians will have to stop and think about who did win the first gold.

TONYA VERBEEK: Competing at her third and final Olympics, Verbeek earned silver in the 55-kilogram class. She lost to Japan's Saori Yoshia, a three-time Olympic gold medallist wrestler and nine-time world champion. It was Verbeek's third Olympic medal to go with the silver she won at the 2004 Games in Athens and bronze four years ago in Beijing.

[Slideshow: Canadian medal winners]

What's special about the Thorold, Ont., native is she turns 35 next week. She's considered an inspiration on the women's wrestling team and hopes to remain in the sport after she retires.

EMILIE HEYMANS: The diver from St. Lambert, Que., made Olympic history when she won a bronze along with Jennifer Abel in three-metre synchronized event. That made her the first female diver to win medals at four consecutive Olympics.

This is the 30-year-old's last Games. Having her carry the Maple Leaf at the closing ceremonies would be a great goodbye.

DEREK DROIUN: Ok, a long shot for sure. But heading into the weekend the 22-year-old from Sarnia, Ont., has won Canada's only track medal of the Games with his bronze in high jump.

It's the first time since Greg Joy at the 1976 Montreal Olympics that a Canadian stood on the high jump podium. His medal also came after being told his high-jumping career might be over because of an injury to his takeoff foot.

[Related: Derek Drouin ends 36-year Canadian drought in high jump]

According to the Canadian Olympic Committee the decision of who is the closing ceremonies flag-bearer is made by Mark Tewksbury, the Olympic team chef de mission, and Sylvie Bernier, the assistant chef de mission.

When triathlete Simon Whitfield was chosen flag-bearer for the opening ceremonies he was first nominated by his sport, then selected by a committee comprised of Tewksbury, Bernier, two athlete representatives and one coach.

So, who will be named closing flag-bearer?

Likely Sinclair.

Who should be named?


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