February 26th, 2024

Figure skaters Behnke and Sauve to serve as Canadian flag-bearers at Youth Olympics

By The Canadian Press on January 31, 2024.

Gold medallists Annika Behnke and Kole Sauve of Canada, silver medallists Cayla Smith and Jared McPike of the U.S., bronze medallists Carolina Shan Campillo and Pau Vilella of Spain pose on the podium after the medal ceremony for the Figure Skating Pair Skating — Free Skating at the Gangneung Ice Arena during the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, South Korea Monday, Jan. 29, 2024. Behnke and Sauve will be Canada's flag-bearers for the closing ceremonies at the Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Chloe Knott/OIS via AP

GANGNEUNG, Korea, Republic Of – Canadian figure skaters Annika Behnke and Kole Sauve will serve as closing ceremony flag-bearers at the Winter Youth Olympic Games, the Canadian Olympic Committee said Wednesday.

Behnke, from Peace River, Alta., and Sauve, from Edmonton, finished first in the pairs event to become the first-ever Canadian figure skaters to win gold at the competition.

“The strength and resilience they showed in the performance that won them a historic gold in pairs figure skating is an inspiration and a shining example of the Olympic spirit,” Canadian chef de mission Lisa Weagle said in a release.

Behnke, 14, and Sauve, 16, will compete in the team event on Thursday before the closing ceremony that evening.

Freestyle skier Charlie Beatty and curler Chloe Fediuk were Canadian flag-bearers at the opening ceremony on Jan. 19.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 31, 2024.

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