Carol Huynh named Canada's assistant chef de mission for Rio Olympics
Former wrestler won gold in 2008, bronze in 2012
Former Olympic wrestling champion Carol Huynh was named Tuesday as Canada's assistant chef de mission for the 2016 Rio Games.
Chef de mission Jean-Luc Brassard made the announcement at a news conference in Toronto.
"My Olympic experience has largely defined my life and I'm excited to accompany other athletes along their journeys," Huynh said. "I have been given an extraordinary opportunity to give back to sport, the Olympic movement and the country. I'm entirely committed to make the best of that opportunity."
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Huynh, 35, won Olympic gold in the women's 48-kilogram division in 2008 in Beijing, becoming the first Canadian woman in her sport to earn an Olympic title. The Hazelton, B.C., native added a bronze in 2012 in London.
Huynh is also an 11-time Canadian champion, a two-time Pan American champion, a Commonwealth champion and a four-time medallist at the world championships.
Huynh was a key part of the group that lobbied the International Olympic Committee to keep her sport on the Olympic program after the IOC planned to remove it as of 2020. She and fellow Olympic champion Daniel Igali were part of a six-member team that pleaded wrestling's case in a presentation to the IOC in St. Petersburgh, Russia.
Brassard, a four-time Winter Olympian who won moguls gold in 1994, was named to his post in December of last year. His job entails providing overall support and leadership to the team.
The Rio Olympics open on Aug. 5, 2016.
With files from The Canadian Press