Justin Trudeau unveiled Canada’s Olympic flag-bearer today.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and members of the Canadian Olympic Committee announced the flag-bearer for the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea today in Ottawa.

Trudeau said, “When our Olympic flag-bearers march into the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, they will be carrying not just the Canadian flag, but the hopes of every young person who aspires to represent Canada at the Olympics some day.”

Figure skaters Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir are named as Canada’s flag-bearers. 8-time national champs will lead Canadian team into PyeongChang Olympic Stadium.

Honour. Pride. Privilege. Emotional. Powerful.

That’s how figure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir describe the feeling of being named Canada’s Olympic flag-bearers for the Feb. 9 opening ceremony at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The three-time world champion ice dancers will make history as the first woman and man – and first duo, period – to carry the Canadian flag into the opening ceremony.Virtue and Moir had to be secretive about the “thrilling and unexpected news” of being asked to be flag-bearers by Skate Canada CEO Debra Armstrong and high performance director Michael Slipchuk following their short program last Friday at the Canadian figure skating championships in Vancouver, where they won an eighth national title.

Virtue, from London, Ont., and Moir, from Ilderton, Ont., will lead a Canadian contingent of about 230 athletes into PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, a 35,000-seat, open-air facility in Hoenggye village.

Canada three times has had two people share flag duties at closing ceremonies:

  • Rowers Marnie McBean and Kathleen Heddle in 1996
  • Pairs figure skaters Jamie Sale and David Pelletier in 2002
  • Gold-medal bobsledders Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyes in 2014