The Best Canadian Moments of Rio So Far
Have you been following the games in Rio so far? If you have, then you’ve already witnessed a lot of heart pounding moments of pride and admiration for our Canadian athletes. While the Summer Olympics tend not to be our country’s forte (where is summer street hockey?), we have a total of 13 medals so far and each one of them came with a beautiful moment. With that in mind, here are some of our favourite Olympic moments so far:
Theisen-Eaton Makes Canadian Heptathlon History
Brianne Theisen-Eaton made history on Saturday to become the first Canadian ever to win a medal in the heptathlon, scoring a bronze. If you need to be reminded, a heptathlon consists of seven events: the 100 metre hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200 metres, long jump, javelin throw, and 800 metres. So to me, 1 heptathlon medal actually equals 7.
Rosie MacLennan’s a Trampoline Master
Winning her second consecutive Olympic gold medal in women’s trampoline, Rosie MacLennan became every little kid’s hero last Friday as she triple-flipped her way to glory. What makes the medal even more special is that she suffered from a pair of head injuries last year, causing headaches, vision issues and even speech problems. She took some time off and was eventually able to return, which she posited as a “reminder of how much I really did love the sport. Because if I didn’t, I would have given up.”
Penny Oleksiak Makes History
When the 16-year-old Penny Oleksiak tied American Simone Manuel in 100-metre freestyle on Friday, she added a 4th medal to her Rio-Medal collection, the most medals ever received by a Canadian athlete at a single Summer Olympics. Oh, and she also made history by being the youngest gold medalist in Canadian Olympic history. And last but not least, she got a shout-out on Instagram from one of her (and the world’s) favourite artists, Drake:
She is officially the coolest 16-year old ever.
De Grasse’s Win of Bronze and Bolt’s Praise
Scarborough’s Andre De Grasse stepped up for the Canadian men and took home a bronze in the 100-metre race last night in Rio. In the highly-anticipated event, we saw him keep up steps with the likes of Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, who won his third straight gold. Bolt had this to say about De Grasse: “He came through again. He's going to be good, he runs just like me, I mean he's really slow at the blocks but when he gets going, he gets going." The next best thing to winning an Olympic medal? Winning the praise of Usain Bolt.
Well that sums up just a few of our most favourite Canadian Olympic moments so far. We can’t wait to see what the rest of the games have in store for us as we head into the final days. GO CANADA GO!
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