Bouchard leads Merklinger in CBC’s “Most Influential” race

Only in Canada, eh?

CBC has a contest on its website, where readers get to vote down from eight nominees to the “most influential person in Canadian sports in 2014”.

The personalities chosen “have had a significant impact on the playing fields/courts/ice in our country this year,” says the CBC.
They’re starting with four pairs of head-to-heads this week to get it down to four, with another round of voting next week and a final showdown the week of Dec. 15.That one of the “personalities” is “Social Media”, which is going up against Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri in the voting on Thursday and Friday, just adds to the general wackiness.Today and tomorrow, readers can vote for one of the following two: Genie Bouchard, and former curler Anne Merklinger, who is the CEO of the Canadian Olympic Association’s Own the Podium program.(Click on the names above to vote)Yeah, random. We think so, too.So far, Bouchard is leading. Voting ends tomorrow. Vote early, vote often.Do we want to see a P.K. vs. Genie showdown in the final? Why not!On a more serious note, Bouchard should be among the contenders for the Lou Marsh Trophy for Canada’s athlete of the year, which will be voted on by Canadian sports media next week.Milos Raonic is another name that should get some attention in the 73rd edition of the award, named for the legendary Toronto Star sports editor.Soccer’s Christine Sinclair won it in 2012; Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish won it last year, narrowly defeating Raonic and bobsledder Kaillie Humphries. Some of the process is outlined in the story linked above.

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