Although Sinclair faced failures, she persevered, embracing failure as a stepping stone to success. In 2008 she lead Team Canada to qualify for the 2008 Olympics, Canada's first-ever soccer team to qualify. At the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, the team left disappointed, having failed to score in the 1st round. Nonetheless, Sinclair was chosen as Canada's flag bearer at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2011 Pan Am Games. The event was redemption for the women's team, as the Canadian team won…

Although Sinclair faced failures, she persevered, embracing failure as a stepping stone to success. In 2008 she lead Team Canada to qualify for the 2008 Olympics, Canada's first-ever soccer team to qualify. At the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, the team left disappointed, having failed to score in the 1st round. Nonetheless, Sinclair was chosen as Canada's flag bearer at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2011 Pan Am Games. The event was redemption for the women's team, as the Canadian team won…

Tom Longboat was the first Native American to win the Boston Marathon, and held a record time, 1907. He won the Olympic marathon re-match in 1909, proving his abilities despite his racial background. Longboat was enrolled in Mohawk Institute Residential School at age 12 because of his Onondaga descent. Longboat is now in Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, the Indian Hall of Fame, and the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, although his coaches did not support his training techniques at the time.

Tom Longboat was the first Native American to win the Boston Marathon, and held a record time, 1907. He won the Olympic marathon re-match in 1909, proving his abilities despite his racial background. Longboat was enrolled in Mohawk Institute Residential School at age 12 because of his Onondaga descent. Longboat is now in Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, the Indian Hall of Fame, and the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, although his coaches did not support his training techniques at the time.

Christine Sinclair, Sophie Schmidt, and Melissa Tancredi - Canada women's soccer team

Christine Sinclair, Sophie Schmidt, and Melissa Tancredi - Canada women's soccer team

Best Moments From Olympics - Top London Olympic Moments - Seventeen

The 17 Best Moments from the 2012 Olympics

Best Moments From Olympics - Top London Olympic Moments - Seventeen

2 Canadians  took the top spots in men's mogul freestyle skiing event. Alex Bilaondeau took gold and Mikael Kingsbury took silver . ( Cameron Spencer/ Getty images )

2 Canadians took the top spots in men's mogul freestyle skiing event. Alex Bilaondeau took gold and Mikael Kingsbury took silver . ( Cameron Spencer/ Getty images )

Chantal Petitclerc is a 14-time Paralympic gold medallist.

Quebec Paralympian Chantal Petitclerc among those named to Senate

Inside the Church of Denain, France, where the Thanksgiving Service was being held to commemorate the relief of the town by Canadians. In attendance here are the Prince of Wales, General Currie, General Watson. (Photographer: probably William Rider-Rider, 13 October 1918, Cdn Official photo O-3466)

Inside the Church of Denain, France, where the Thanksgiving Service was being held to commemorate the relief of the town by Canadians. In attendance here are the Prince of Wales, General Currie, General Watson. (Photographer: probably William Rider-Rider, 13 October 1918, Cdn Official photo O-3466)

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