Short track speed skater Kim Boutin has been named Canada’s flag bearer into the Closing Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games on Sunday.
Boutin, 23, won all three of her Olympic medals at Pyeongchang, which was her first Olympics. She won two bronze medals in the 500 metre and 1,500 metre races and a silver medal in the 1,000 metre.
The Quebec resident initially came in at fourth place during the 500 metre race, but her ranking was later upgraded to third place for a bronze medal win after South Korea’s Choi Min-jeong, who finished second, was disqualified due to contact with race winner Arianna Fontana of Italy.
Following the 500 metre race, she reported receiving negative comments and even death threats over social media from South Koreans. Both the Canadian Olympic Committee and RCMP said they were investigating the threats.
With 11 gold medals, eight silver medals, and 10 bronze medals, Canada currently ranks third in the gold medal standings, just behind Norway and Germany and ahead of the United States.
When it comes to the rank by the total number of medals won, Canada is at second place, behind Norway and ahead of Germany. The current total of 29 medals is three more than the record made at the home games in 2010.
Medal events on the last day of the 2018 Games are in bobsleigh, cross-country skiing, curling, and men’s ice hockey.
The Closing Ceremony, starting at 8 pm Korean time, will be broadcast live on CBC at 3 am PT in Vancouver, 4 am MT in Calgary, and 6 am ET in Toronto and Montreal.
The ceremony’s theme is “Next Wave,” as it will look to the future and feature traditional Korean humour, adding to the overall party and relaxing feel the Closing Ceremony is known for at each Olympics. And following tradition, there will be a handover presentation to Beijing, the host of the next Winter Olympics in 2022.
Beijing will be the first city to ever host both the Summer and Winter Olympics.