You Tell Us: What is Canada’s most iconic sports moment?

Paul Henderson, Joe Carter, Sidney Crosby and Donovan Bailey. (CP file)

We’ve presented several contenders. Now we want you to pick a winner.

As part of the Canada Project survey of more than 1,500 Canadians, we asked respondents to name this country’s most iconic sports moment.

The result of the survey will be released on CityTV’s Breakfast Television at 7:00 a.m. EST on Canada Day, but in the meantime we want to put it to you: What do you think is the most iconic sports moment in Canadian history?

This post is part of The Canada Project, a representative survey of Canadians from across the country.

Over the past two weeks our writers have written pieces on four contenders worthy of the “most iconic” debate.

First, Evan Rosser offered the case for Donovan Bailey’s gold-medal run in 1996:

He crosses the line already celebrating, mouth wide open, arms down at his side, sacrificing time off his world record to personify the emotion felt by an entire country — pure, unbridled joy in the shape of a man…. Bailey’s win was a surprise. And for me, that made it more special.

Then Emily Sadler argued for Sidney Crosby’s golden goal at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010:

Crosby’s golden goal has become an important part in our hockey history, the kind of event to earn “Where were you when…” status. [It] brought us joy, allowed us bragging rights in one of our greatest sporting rivalries, and closed the book on a magical 17 days in Vancouver.

Earlier this week, Daniel Nugent-Bowman wrote about how Joe Carter’s 1993 World Series walk-off home run entrenched Canada as a baseball country:

When Carter clubbed that 2-2 inside fastball from Philadelphia Phillies closer Mitch Williams, Canada was entrenched as a baseball nation. “That was a boom time for baseball in Canada. Joe Carter’s home run had a big effect.”

Finally, Scott Morrison put forth his support for Paul Henderson’s Summit Series–winning goal in 1972:

It is a moment and a series that has become a part of Canadiana because of its special oneness and the indelible place it has found in our history, the brilliance and staggering dramatics of the series in which it was scored.

You can find out which moment the Canada Project survey respondents chose as most iconic on CityTV on July 1. But you can also vote right now and tell us what you think.

Make your choice in the poll below. If we missed a moment, let us know in the comments.

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