Five Inspiring Canadian Women at the Rio Olympics



 

As Canadians, we’ve been loving the Olympics so far! As of today, Canada has 1 silver and 5 bronze, putting them in 13th place overall in the medal standings. So far, all of those medals have gone to women. Men, step up your game!

Here are five women athletes that you should look out for now and in the future.

Penny Oleksiak

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(Photo: Scott Grant via Swimming Canada)

 

She’s only 16-years old, but she has one silver and one bronze medal in the 100 m butterfly and the women’s 4 × 100 m freestyle relay respectively. Penny has basically accomplished more at 16 than most of us will in our entire lives. We’re not jealous of anything….

Christine Sinclair

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If you don’t know who Christine Sinclair is by now, you’re living under a rock. She isn’t a stranger to the international stage, having competed for Canada in 4 FIFA Women’s World Cups and two previous Olympics. She carried the team in 2012 to a historical Bronze medal, the first ever medal for the Women’s team at the Olympics.

Jen Kish

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As the captain of the Canadian women’s rugby team, she isn’t a stranger to the field. Kish started playing rugby when she was 15-years old. She was raised by a single dad, who is her biggest supporter, and before every game tapes up her wrists that say “RUCK CANCER” to honor her dad, who has battled cancer and is now in remission. How can you not love her already?!

Kia Nurse

Kia Nurse

If you don’t know Kia, you may know her last name “Nurse”. She comes from a family of athletes. Her father played in the CFL and her mother was a basketball player at McMaster University. Her sister Tamika played basketball for Oregon and Bowling Green, and her brother is Edmonton Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse. She is also the niece of former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. What a team! And she’s such a talented basketball player, that approximately 50 colleges approached her to consider playing for their team, but eventually chose Connecticut.

Rosie MacLennan

Rosie MacLennan

As the only gold medalist from the 2012 London Olympics, Rosie was named the flag bearer for the Opening Ceremonies this year. She is the 2013 World Trampoline champion, and 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games champion in the individual trampoline event. Gymnastics has been in her blood for generations, as her grandfather was selected as a gymnast for the 1940 Summer Olympics in Tokyo but was unable to compete as the games were cancelled due to the outbreak of World War II.

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