Vote: People's Pick: Canada's athlete of the year in 2012

Canada has spoken. Canadians voted in record numbers to choose's athlete of the year. The poll has closed and the winner will be announced Saturday at 5:55 p.m. ET on Sports Weekend.
There is no shortage of outstanding candidates for fans to vote for as Canada's 2012 Athlete of the Year. (Getty Images )

Canada has spoken.

Canadians voted in record numbers for's athlete of the year. The poll is now closed and the winner will be revealed during CBC Sports Weekend on Saturday at 5:55 p.m. ET.

Of course, our list was not definitive but we felt each of the candidates made a worthy, if not, spectacular choice as Canada's top athlete in 2012.

CBC Sports Weekend host Scott Russell made the case for all of them in his latest Field of Play blog.

Here are the candidates:

Kaillie Humphries, bobsleigh

  • 2012 World champion
  • Won six straight World Cup races

Christine Sinclair, soccer

  • Led Canada to Olympic bronze at 2012 London Games
  • Led all Olympic women scorers with 6 goals
  • Scored her 143rd international goal, which ranks 3rd all-time

Rosie MacLennan, trampoline

  • 2012 Gymnastics Olympic Test Event gold medallist
  • 2012 Olympic gold medallist

Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, figure skating

  • 2012 World ice dance champions
  • 2012 Four Continents champions
  • 2012 Canadian champions
  • 2012 Two-time Grand Prix winners

Patrick Chan, figure skating

  • 2012 World champion
  • 2012 Canadian champion
  • 2012 Four Continents champion
  • Three-time Grand Prix gold medallist

Ryder Hesjedal, cycling

  • 2012 Giro d'Italia champion
  • Won Stage 4 time trial at Giro event