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Sports Gary Longhi, Canada's flag-bearer at 2000 Paralympics, dies at age 56

01:45  04 july  2020
01:45  04 july  2020 Source:   msn.com

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143 Canadian athletes competed in 17 sports.[1] Canada also sent several officials to the games, including Tara Grieve in boccia and Andrew Smith in rowing.[2] and medalist at the 2000 and 2004 Paralympics , was the country' s flag bearer at the opening ceremony.[4] The delegation is headed by

Canada participated in the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, Greece. With 28 gold, 19 silver, and 25 bronze medals, the Canadian team placed third in the medal rankings, behind China and Great Britain.

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Gary Longhi, a four-time Paralympian and Canada's flag-bearer for the opening ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, has died at the age of 56.

The Canadian Paralympic Committee announced Longhi's death Friday.

The road cyclist competed in the 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000 Games, winning gold and bronze in '96 in Atlanta and silver in '92 in Barcelona.

The Montreal native was the first Paralympic athlete to be inducted into the Canadian Cycling Hall of Fame in 2017.

Ahead of his induction Longhi said that he cherished the camaraderie of cycling for the Canadian team.

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Canada , represented by the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) Equestrian show jumper Ian Millar became the first athlete to compete at his tenth Olympic games, and also, the oldest athlete of the team at age 65.[8] "London 2012: Triathlete Simon Whitfield named Canada ' s flag - bearer at Olympics".

Canada competed at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. 294 competitors, 150 men, and 144 women, took part in 175 events in 29 sports. The final days of the Olympics for Canada was shadowed by the death of Pierre Trudeau, their 15th prime minister.

"Sometimes in society I feel like an outsider," he said. "On the bike I'm normal. Everything is smooth, not as  harsh as usual. It's freedom for me."

Longhi took up elite-level cycling as part of his rehabilitation following a 1983 motorcycle crash that nearly claimed his life and left him in a coma for three months. His brain injury qualified him for Para cerebral palsy category of competition.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 3, 2020.

The Canadian Press


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