She certainly thrilled us in Rio.
This 16 year old Toronto native seemed to come out of nowhere to win 4 medals; a Gold, Silver and Two Bronze.
Her down to earth enthusiasm, her smile, her family, her youth and ability…..
Swimmer Penny Oleksiak is the winner of the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s athlete of the year.
Her Gold Medal swim in the 100-metre freestyle tied an Olympic record, and her 4 medals make her the most decorated Canadian athlete — at a single Olympics — ever.
Being that she’ll only be 20 at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, she’s in a great position to become the most decorated Canadian Olympian of All Time.
A future 5th Olympic medal would move Oleksiak into a tie for the most career medals for a Canadian in the Summer Olympics.
Rower Lesley Thompson-Willie, who competed in Rio (and since 1984) has 5 medals in total (gold, three silvers, bronze). She was the first Canadian athlete to win medals at five different Olympic Games. Phil Edwards won 5 bronzes from 1928-1936.
Clara Hughes, the multi-sport winner has 6, but she’s competed in Summer and Winter. And Cindy Klassen has 6, all in the Winter Games. She won them in Speed Skating, and Hughes won hers in Cycling and Speed Skating. Both of those athletes are from Winnipeg.