Gold for women's soccer
Not the first gold for the sport
Women's football in the spotlight
A gold for the first ever transgender and non-binary athlete
Amazing achievements
Alex Wilson – Athletics (1 Silver, 3 Bronze)
An NCAA champ
Phil Edwards – Athletics (5 Bronze)
Edwards broke through barriers
Lesley Thompson-Willie – Rowing (1 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze)
Thompson-Willie - an accomplished coxswain
Victor Davis – Swimming (1 Gold, 3 Silver)
A tragic accident
Kathleen Heddle & Marnie McBean – Rowing (3 Gold, 1 Bronze)
The only Canadians to have won gold three times at the Summer Games
Émilie Heymans – Diving (2 Silver, 2 Bronze)
4 Olympics Games, 4 Medals
Adam van Koeverden – Canoe/Kayak – Sprint (1 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze)
A double medallist in Athens
Penny Oleksiak – Swimming (1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze)
Penny is the only Canadian to win 4 medals in a single Olympic Games
How will Team Canada do in Tokyo this summer??
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Gold for women's soccer

The Canadian women's soccer team went up against Sweden (who won the silver at the last games in 2016) to grab the gold at this year's Tokyo 2020 Olympics. It was 1-1 and, with no goal in extra time, a penalty shootout was ordered. It was 21-year-old Julia Grosso who kicked the ball for the decisive penalty. The ball struck the back of the net and the women's team celebrated the gold.

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Not the first gold for the sport

The last time Canada won a gold in the sport was back in 1904 when the men's team defeated the US to bring home the much-coveted medal.

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Women's football in the spotlight

Although not a first for the men, this is a first for the women and the win has shone a light on women's football in Canada. After the win, the captain, Christine Sinclair, said: "I hope we inspired a lot of people back home. I hope we will see some investment in the women's game. I think it's time that Canada got a professional league or some professional teams and if a Gold Medal and three Olympic medals doesn't do that, nothing will. It's time for Canada to step up."

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A gold for the first ever transgender and non-binary athlete

Quinn, a midfielder in the Canadian team, made extra history, too. She has become the first openly transgender and non-binary athlete to win an Olympic medal. She only came out as transgender last autumn and has said she was 'tired of being misgendered':
"I wanted to be my authentic self in all spheres of my life and one of those is being in a public space," Quinn said when she went public with her news. "So that was one of the reasons behind it, because I was tired of being misgendered and everything like that."

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Amazing achievements

So, this has proved that is not just the Winter games the Canadians excel in. While winter sports may be where Canada tends to perform the strongest, we hold our own at the Summer Games too. Join us for a look at the fantastic achievements of the most decorated Canadian athletes at the Summer Olympic Games.

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Alex Wilson – Athletics (1 Silver, 3 Bronze)

Alex Wilson won bronze for Canada in the 4x400m relay team race in Amsterdam in 1928. Later, in the Los Angeles Summer Games in 1932, he won silver in the 800m and two bronze medals for the 400m and the 4x400m relay.

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An NCAA champ

Apart from winning four Olympic medals, Canadian Alex Wilson was an NCAA national champion who would go on to coach for the University of Notre Dame and help his athletes win four NCAA national championships.

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Phil Edwards – Athletics (5 Bronze)

Canadian athlete Phil Edwards was the king of the bronze medal. He won bronze for the 4x400m relay in Amsterdam in 1928, for the 800m, 1500m, 4x400m relay in Los Angeles in 1932, and for the 800m in Berlin in 1936.

Here we see Edwards on the podium at the 1932 Olympic games.

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Edwards broke through barriers

Edwards was the first black athlete to win a gold medal at the British Empire Games (Commonwealth Games) and the person to be awarded the Lou Marsh Award for being Canada's top athlete in 1936. This impressive athlete also set 13 national records throughout his career in athletics.

Pictured: Edwards competing in Los Angeles in 1932.

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Lesley Thompson-Willie – Rowing (1 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze)

Canadian coxswain Lesley Thompson-Willie has won five Olympic medals and has participated in the Olympics an impressive nine times!

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Thompson-Willie - an accomplished coxswain

Thompson-Willie's skills helped the Canadian team bring home the silver medal at the 1984 summer games in Los Angeles, the gold in Barcelona in 1992, silver in the 1996 games in Atlanta, bronze in Sydney in 2000, and silver again in London in 2012.

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Victor Davis – Swimming (1 Gold, 3 Silver)

Victor Davis was one of the most important international swimming stars in Canada. Davis was the most decorated Olympic swimmer in Canada for three decades until his four medals were matched. This fantastic athlete won gold for the 200m breaststroke, a silver medal for the 100m breaststroke, and another silver for the 4x100m medley relay in the Summer Games in Los Angeles in 1984. In Seoul, in 1988, he earned another silver for his performance in the 4x100m medley relay as well.

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A tragic accident

Sadly, at the age of 25, the athlete died after being struck by a car in Montreal. During his short time on this planet, he earned 31 national titles and broke three world records. He is remembered as Canada's most talented breaststroke swimmer. Who knows what else he would have accomplished if he hadn't died so young.

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Kathleen Heddle & Marnie McBean – Rowing (3 Gold, 1 Bronze)

Kathleen Heddle and Marnie McBean made for the perfect team. They were the first Canadian athletes to win the gold three times at the Olympics. To date, they are the ONLY Canadians to have won the gold three times over at the Summer Games.

Pictured: Heddle and McBean compete in Atlanta in 1996.

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The only Canadians to have won gold three times at the Summer Games

This pair of tenacious athletes won their first two gold medals in Barcelona in 1992 for the coxed eight and coxless pair. Then in Atlanta in 1996, Heddle and McBean won bronze in the quadruple sculls and gold in the double sculls.

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Émilie Heymans – Diving (2 Silver, 2 Bronze)

Émilie Heymans has been in four Olympic Games and brought home a medal each time! Her synchronized 10m platform dive in Sydney in 2000 got her a silver medal, which she followed up with a bronze medal for the same dive event in Athens in 2004. Then, in Beijing in 2008, she won a silver medal for her 10m platform jump performance. Finally, in London in 2012, she brought home bronze in the synchronized 3m springboard event.

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4 Olympics Games, 4 Medals

Heymans is not only the first female diver to win medals in four Olympic Games in a row, but she is also a six-time Pan American Games medallist and a four-time Commonwealth Games medallist.

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Adam van Koeverden – Canoe/Kayak – Sprint (1 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze)

Adam van Koeverden has done a lot to make Canada proud! Not only has he brought home four Olympic medals, he is also an eight-time world championship medalist.

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A double medallist in Athens

In Athens, in 2004, he got the gold for the K-1 500m and bronze for the K-1 1000m. It was the first time since Atlanta in 1996 that a Canadian athlete was a double medallist at the Summer Games. Later in Beijing in 2008, he brought home silver for his performance in the K-1 500m. In 2012 in London, he captured the silver again, this time for the K.1 1000m.

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Penny Oleksiak – Swimming (1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze)

Penny Oleksiak was just 16 years old when she competed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She might have been among the youngest participants in the Olympics, but Oleksiak certainly cleaned up when it came to medals!

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Penny is the only Canadian to win 4 medals in a single Olympic Games

Penny won bronze in the 4x100m freestyle relay and the next day set the Canadian record for the 100m butterfly and earned a silver medal. Next up, she earned a bronze medal by swimming the final leg of the 4x200m freestyle relay. Finally, she tied for gold in the 100m freestyle and became the only Canadian summer Olympian ever to win four medals in a single Olympic Games.

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How will Team Canada do in Tokyo this summer??

This year 370 Canadian athletes will compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the largest amount of Canadian competitors at the event in more than three decades. According to The Associated Press, Canada is projected to win 19 medals this year: three gold, seven silver, and nine bronze. In Rio 2016, Tam Canada collected 22 medals, so how will they fare this year?
We are looking forward to tuning in and seeing team Canada accomplish great things!

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