2010 Winter Olympics
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At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Rochette inspired a nation with her display of strength and courage. After suffering a personal tragedy in the days leading up to the games, Rochette defiantly went on to capture the bronze medal. Following her performance, Rochette was named Canada’s flag bearer for the closing ceremonies, and named co-recipient of the Vancouver 2010 Terry Fox Award, for her display of determination and humility in the face of adversity.
Vancouver 2010 finally came around, Hamelin was in peak form, but his Games got off to a disappointing start, as he could only manage fourth in the 1,500m and seventh in the 1,000m. However, on 26 February, he had two golden opportunities to transform his Games, as he lined up in the 500m final and then the 5,000m relay.