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CBC/Radio-Canada has introduced two initiatives to get Canadians in the Olympic spirit and increase the connection with and support for Canadian athletes via social media.

Tweet and Instagram inspirational messages and photos to Olympic hopefuls using #OurAthlete.

The second initiative, called ‘Hoist the Flag,’ gives Canadians the opportunity to take a patriotic photo of themselves holding a Canadian flag in front of a Sochi 2014 backdrop that they then can share socially. Each CBC centre across the country will give Canadians the chance to ‘Hoist the Flag’ at community events leading up to and throughout the Olympic Games in February.

Viewers can also connect with the CBC broadcast using Twitter in English @cbcolympics (#cbcolympics) and at facebook.com/cbcolympics, and in French at ici.radio-canada.ca/olympiques, on Twitter at @RC_Sports (#RColympiques) and on Facebook at facebook.com/ra

She was hooked after the first shot off her aluminum Gretzky hockey stick at 13 years old. Growing up playing competitive hockey in Vancouver, British Columbia has inspired her to coach in addition to playing. She is currently the Vice President and Assistant Coach of her alma mater Simon Fraser University for the women's ice hockey club. Upon graduating with a BBA, she has found a way combine her love of sports, mainly hockey, with her career. She has worked with the BC Lions and still works for the Canucks for Kids Fund on game days coordinating one the best 50/50 programs in the NHL. In a nutshell - Ovechkin over Crosby, Vancouver Canucks are my #1, New York Rangers are my #2...and she bakes cakes (the Cake Boss type).

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