Christine Sinclair embracing soccer stardom

Christine Sinclair poses for a photo at Canada House during the London 2012 Olympic Games on Aug....

Christine Sinclair poses for a photo at Canada House during the London 2012 Olympic Games on Aug. 11, 2012. (Al Charest/QMI Agency/Files)

Paul Friesen, Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:18 PM ET

WINNIPEG - It's amazing what one Olympics can do.

The Canadian women's soccer team has gone from relative obscurity to near rock-star status since their inspirational bronze-medal performance in London, two years ago.

In Winnipeg for a mini-training camp before Thursday's game against the rival USA, the team and its marquee player are embracing the transformation.

"It's a huge honour," Christine Sinclair said after a chilly practice session at the Waverley Soccer Complex, today. "Heading into the Olympics, obviously we wanted to bring home a medal. But more importantly we wanted to change women's soccer in this country. I don't think any of us imagined what has happened since the Olympics. It's incredible. It's a big responsibility, but we're embracing it."

Sinclair's own legacy took another leap into the stratosphere in London, as she scored a record six goals and earned the honour of carrying her country's flag at the closing ceremonies.


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