8 Canadian Olympic Athletes You Should Know

Posted: Aug 18 2016

This summer our eyes have been glued to the TV during the Rio Olympics. In case you’re having major FOMO and are just tuning in, here is our list of 8 Canadian Olympic Athletes you should know! #TeamCanada FTW!

Penny Oleksiak (swimming)

At just 16 years of age this Torontonian has def made Canada super proud. She won the first gold medal for Canada at Rio and that’s not all – she’s also won silver and two bronze medals as well. We also can’t wait to see her instas at the Drake concert she was personally invited to!


Ryan Cochrane (swimming)


With Rio being his third Olympics, Ryan Cochrane knows what he’s doing. He’s set Canadian records and he won a silver medal in London in 2012. Unfortunately Ryan didn’t make it to the Olympic Final in the 400 m freestyle but we still love him!


Andre De Grasse (athletics)


This babely Markham native and Pan Am and Olympic champion is definitely a name you should recognize. Andre De Grasse received the bronze medal this week in the 100 m sprint. Canada is right behind you, Andre!


Rosie MacLennan (trampoline)


As Canada’s flag bearer at the Opening Ceremonies, Rosie made us proud before she even competed! Rosie won our only gold medal at the London 2012 games and defended her title in Rio in women’s trampoline.


Brianne Theisen-Eaton (athletics)

Brianne is a Sask native and is one strong woman! She won bronze in the heptathalon this summer and also came first in the World Indoor Championships summer earlier this year.


Roseline Filion & Meaghan Benfeito (diving)

Quebec’s Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benfeito have not only won bronze at the London 2012 games but they just won another bronze for Canada in Rio! These synchro divers have made Canada so proud!


Derek Drouin (high jumper)

This Sarnia native took first place at the Rio Qualifications this past Sunday and we will def be watching to see him take gold! He took a bronze medal at London and he set the bar (literally) when he set the world record for high jumping – a whopping 2.38 metres!


Lindsay Jennerich & Patricia Obee (rowing)

After not making the cut in London and not even qualifying for Beijing, Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee have just won silver medals in the women’s lightweight doubles. These Victoria rowers have a visible connection and after watching them row, it’s clear that they become one when in competition mode. Well done ladies!


(words by Blair Stutz)
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