Record breaking Olympics for Team Canada

August 9, 2021
The GIST: With a record-breaking 24 medals and memorable moments to last a lifetime, Canada had its best Summer Olympics ever.
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Record breaking Olympics for Team Canada
Source: Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press

The women: Though the men showed up eventually, it was Team Canada women who dominated the Games. Starting with silver in swimming’s 4x100m freestyle relay on Day 2, women won Canada’s first 13 medals, and 18 total (75% of Canada’s medals). Who run the world?

  • Speaking of the water, swimmer Penny Oleksiak notched three podium finishes to become Canada’s most decorated Olympian with seven career medals — and the 21-year-old has plans to add to the tally in Paris 2024.

The records: Canada’s athletes tied another Canadian record, earning seven gold medals in these Games, with swimmer Maggie Mac Neil, weightlifter Maude Charron, sprinter Andre De Grasse, decathlete Damian Warner, cyclist Kelsey Mitchell, women’s eight rowing and the women’s soccer team each bringing home gold.

  • Canadian swimmers also broke seven national records, while Warner set an Olympic decathlon record and soccer player Quinn became the first openly trans and non-binary Olympic medalist. Proud.