Canoe.ca users tell us who they should have won QMI Agency's athlete of the year awards. Judging from these comments, mixed martial artist Georges St. Pierre, the UFC welterweight champion who twice defended his title in 2010, would have been a popular choice.
Joey Votto took the MVP honors in a sport that has tens of thousands of people trying for his job. (yeah, I'm counting every kid who didn't make the majors as well) Plus, he's playing a real sport, not some fringe novelty act.
While all of the athletes listed have accomplished great things in the past year, Canada has only one athlete who has represented her country at the world class level in two totally different sports (bobsled and rugby). That athlete is Heather Moyse of Summerside, P.E.I. In my opinion, her performance as an athlete is far superior to any of the other athletes mentioned; success at the world level in two sports in the same year. No one else has come close to that performance.
— Clif Maclean
(Georges St. Pierre) all the way. Not only is he probably the purest athlete that Canada has ever produced he is also bringing recognition and growth to Canadian sport like no one ever has. He is the pound for pound greatest in the MMA world at the moment, a gentleman, a role model to our youth and a great ambassador for our country. Not to mention the world champion.
— Allen Parker
Georges St. Pierre (GSP)has proven himself as one of best athletes on the planet. MMA is mainstream and it is about time that it is recognized as such in Canada. It is too bad that such a humble champion cannot get the proper praise.
Joannie Rochette?!?! Are you kidding me?!?! Feel good story of the year...YES! Canada's Athlete of the Year....heck NO!!! Ok, it must have been hard to perform as she did after finding out her mother passed and to come away with the bronze...but after that...it's pretty slim pickin's. My vote would be Jonathan Toews.
— Chris W
I am definately picking Joannie Rochette because she battled through heartache and still gave all she had to not only entertain the world but to show excellence which brought her to an Olympic bronze. For this Joannie Rochette is more golden than any Olympic gold medal.
— Brigitte Laskowski
I would vote for Alexander Bilodeau. When he got his gold, it changed not only the attitude of Canada as a nation ... but all the other athletes came together and gained confidence. The rest is history. A true national hero.
— Brian Ewing
Georges St Pierre. I honestly don't think the media realize what an amazing athlete this guy is. Joey Votto had a great year, certainly many of our Olympians deserve consideration, however, I vote GSP.
GSP and there is not even a consideration for second because the gap is so large.
— Brad Woods
Kevin Martin. Curling gold medal, world titles, top of World Curling Tour for many years. Ranked No. 1 in the world.
Georges St. Pierre. Two title defences in 2010. Pound for pound the greatest fighter on the planet today.