The Rio 2016 Summer Olympics have ended and our talented Canadian athletes are returning home victorious. This Olympic season was one of amazing feats, bravery and kindness as athletes across the globe came together to celebrate sport and find out who is the best of the best. Through all the viral moments, our Canadian athletes remained steady and strong, the epitome of what it means to be Canadian.
Here are some of our homegrown athletes and the medals they brought home:
Penny Oleksiak: Penny is a sixteen year old swimmer from Toronto. She was Canada’s breakout star this year, holding the title of one of our youngest athletes and also our most decorated from the Rio Olympics. Penny won gold in the 100m Women’s Freestyle, silver in the 100m Women’s Butterfly, and bronze in both the 4x100m and 4x200m Women’s Relay. Penny notes, “It’s pretty great to be home. It was pretty unreal for me. I didn’t expect [to do so well] at all. You know Canada has your back.”
Rosie MacLennan: Rosie MacLennan is a twenty-seven year old trampolinist from King City, Ontario. She has been training since she was seven years old and Rio was not her first Olympic games. Rosie brought home the gold medal in the women’s individual trampoline event. “There’s three components — difficulty, height, and form,” she explains. “The girl who came second from Great Britain, her routine was a little cleaner. But because I was higher and mine had a little more difficulty, I had a better score.” Rosie will continue to compete and we see many medals in her future…
Derek Drouin: Derek Drouin is the Rio 2016 Mens High Jump gold champion. He came to the Olympics already the reigning world champion, and showcased his skill by not missing a single jump on his way to the gold medal. At just twenty-six years old, Drouin, from Corunna, Ontario, hopes to win three world championships before his career is over. He says, “We’ve had a pretty good tradition in high jump, so myself and my teammates are just trying to keep re-writing it.”
Here at Team Ken Richter we enjoyed watching our Canadian athletes preform! Here’s to the next Olympics…
Your Calgary, Bowness & Montgomery Realtor® Ken Richter
“The Olympics have come to a close and my hope is that the spirit and the energy of the Games will live on. The Olympics are an incredible celebration of humanity where 207 countries gather in one place, living as one community, share meals under the same roof and have one shared vision and idea: the pursuit of excellence. ” – Rosie MacLennan