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Canada and the Olympics

CANADA AND THE OLYMPICS 1900 Canadian athletes have competed in every Summer Olympic Games since 1900 except the 1980 Summer Olympics which they boycotted. 1980 2012 BOYCOTT! TOP TEN SUMMER MEDAL WINNERS 2296 United States (USA) 1010 Soviet Union (URS) 851 Germany (GER) 715 Great Britain (GBR) 636 France (FRA) 522 Italy (ITA) 475 Sweden (SWE) 459 Hungary (HUN) 432 Australia (AUS) 409 East Germany (GDR) 266 CANADA (CAN) Canadians have won 58 gold, 99 silver and 109 bronze medals throughout the Summer Olympics. The top three events that Canadians have won gold medals in are athletics, rowing, and swimming. 99 58 109 THE BEGINNING - CIRCA 1900 The Summer Olympics in Paris were the first Olympics at which a Canadian athlete participated. Two Canadians entered, though national teams as they are now were not introduced until later Olympics. Canada's Olympians were George Orton and Ronald J. MacDonald. Orton was the first Canadian to win a medal, finishing first in the 2500 metre steeplechase. He later finished third in the 400 metre hurdles and fifth in the 4000 metre steeplechase. CANADA'S TOP 12 WINNINGEST SPORTS SENIOR OLYMPIAN? lan Miller is Canada's oldest Olympian at 61 The event with the highest Canadian medal count is track & field (14 gold, 15 silver, 25 bronze), followed by speed skating (11 gold, 18 silver, 19 bronze). He has participated in nine Olympic Games and is a member of the 2008 silver medal- winning Canadian equestrian team. FIRST AFRICAN-CANADIAN WIN Ray Lewis was the first Canadian-born (Hamilton, ON) black athlete to win an TRACK & FIELD SWIMMING ROWING CANOEING GOLD GOLD GOLD SILVER BRONZE 25 GOLD SILVER BRONZE 15 14 Olympic medal. SILVER BRONZE 20 13 SILVER BRONZE 15 14 He won bronze in the 4x400m relay at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. GYMNASTIC GOLD! BOXING WRESTLING CYCLING SHOOTING GOLD SILVER BRONZE GOLD SILVER GOLD SILVER BRONZE GOLD SILVER Kyle Shewfert won Canada's first ever gold medal in gymnastics with his win in artistic 6 BRONZE BRONZE floor exercises at the 2004 Athens Games. DIVING SAILING EQUESTRIAN SYNC. SWIMMING GOLD SILVER BRONZE GOLD SILVER BRONZE GOLD SILVER BRONZE GOLD SILVER BRONZE 6. A HISTORY OF MEDALS FOR CANADA GOLD SILVER BRONZE 1900 1904 1908 1912 1920 1924 1928 1932 1936 1948 1952 1956 1960 1964 1968 1972 1976 1980 1984 1988 1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 Canada also won a gold medal and a silver medal at the 1906 Summer Olympics, which the 10C no longer recognizes as an official Olympic Games. Those medals are not counted in this chart. The first time the official Canadian Olympic Team competed in London, England was over 100 years ago in 1908. 65 countries did not participate (1980 Olympics). FLAG USED FROM 1900-1920 FLAG USED FROM 1924-1956 FLAG USED FROM 1960-1564 FLAG USED FROM 1968-NOW FACT! The maple leaf was used to unify Canadian athletes nearly 60 years before it became the single icon for the Canadian flag. 13.CANADA 1.USSR 1976 MONTREAL OLYMPICS Athletes from 41 countries won at least one medal, leaving 55 countries blank on the medal table. The Soviet Union won the highest number of gold 2.USA medals (49) and overall medals (125). Thailand and Bermuda won the first medals in their Olympic history, with Bermuda still being the least populous nation to ever win a Summer Olympic medal. Canada became the first host nation failing to win a gold medal. 3.EAST GERMANY Clara Hughes and Cindy Klassen are tied as the most decorated Olympians in Canada, with six medals apiece. Clara Hughes is the only athlete to ever win multiple medals in both the Summer Olympics and Winter Olympics. SUMMER GAMES WINTER GAMES CLARA HUGHES Cycling (Road Race) Cycling (Time Trial) Speed Skating (5000m) Speed Skating (5000m) Speed Skating (Team Pursuit) Speed Skating (5000m) 1996 Atlanta 1996 Atlanta 2002 Salt Lake 2006 Turin 2006 Turin 2010 Vancouver WINTER GAMES CINDY KLASSEN Speed Skating (3000m) Speed Skating (1500m) Speed Skating (Team Pursuit) Speed Skating (1000m) Speed Skating (5000m) Speed Skating (3000m) 2002 Salt Lake 2006 Turin 2006 Turin 2006 Turin 2006 Turin 2006 Turin Sources: redleaf loans.cá BEIJING ATHENS Bojue SYDNEY ATLANTA y BARCELONA * SEOUL J LOS ANGELES 8 MOSCOW • E MONTREAL E MUNICH * MEXICO CITY Š TOKYO ROME MELBOURNE HELSINKI * LONDON BERLIN LOS ANGELES S AMSTERDAM PARIS S ANTWERP S STOCKHOLM * LONDON - ST. LOUIS PARIS

Canada and the Olympics

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The Summer Olympics are about to commence in London. Although Canada gets a lot of attention for excelling at Hockey, there is a lot to be proud of when it comes to Canada’s contributions to the Sum...


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