The 2014 Canadian Olympic flag bearer is perhaps the best-known women's hockey player in the world. 35-year-old Wickenheiser is Team Canada's all-time leading scorer, a three-time gold medalist in women's hockey and was the tournament MVP of the last two Olympics. A two-sport athlete, she also represented Canada at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics as a shortstop on the Canadian softball team. Wickenheiser has also broken gender barriers: She became the first woman to play full-time professional hockey in a men's league at a position other than goalie when she joined the Finnish Division II men’s team HC Salamat in 2003, and that season she also became the first woman to score a goal in men's professional hockey. She has been a member of Team Canada since the 1993-1994 season and has helped guide the team to six IIHF World Championships, along with three Olympic gold medals and one silver medal during her tenure.
- 2013 World Championships - Silver
- 2012 World Championships - Gold
- 2011 World Championships - Silver
- 2010 Winter Olympics - Gold
- 2009 World Championships - Silver
- 2008 World Championships - Silver
- 2007 World Championships - Gold
- 2006 Winter Olympics - Gold
- 2005 World Championships -Silver
- 2004 World Championships - Gold
- 2002 Winter Olympics - Gold
- 2000 World Championships - Gold
- 1999 World Championships - Gold
- 1998 Winter Olympics - Silver
- 1997 World Championships - Gold
- 1994 World Championships - Gold
Things to know:
1. Team Canada's softball team finished eighth in Sydneyl had they medaled, Wickenheiser would have become the fourth person to win Olympic medals in both summer and winter.
2. A 2005 children's book titled "Born to Play" detailed Wickenheiser's hockey career through 40 pages of color photos and stories.
3. Wickenheiser attended the 1988 Calgary Olympics when she was 10 years old, and she fondly remembers watching Finnish ski jumper Matti Nykanen take home three gold medals. That was she she says she knew she wanted to become an Olympic athlete.