Alessandro De Luca
Canada's continued Summer Olympic dissapointment.
The Canadians have struggled to find success in the Summer Olympics.
It is no secret that Canadians love athletics. Unfortunately, Canada has yet to find much summer Olympic success. These past Tokyo Olympics were, once again, a disappointment for Canadians, however looking through past results, Canada is in the right direction.
At the end of the 2012 summer Olympics in London, Canada placed 27th in medals with only 18. Two of which were gold, five silver, and 11 bronze. The 2016 games in Rio saw Canada end in 20th place with 22 medals. Four gold, three silver, and 15 bronze.
Canada’s latest Olympic campaign was an improvement, finishing in 11th place with a total of 24 medals. These aren’t mind-blowing numbers, but the improvement is visible.
There were many bright spots to watch out for this year as well. Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse ended with a gold medal in the men’s 200m, and bronze medals in both the men’s 100m and men’s 4x100m relay.
Canadian swimmer Penny Oleksiak won three medals as well. Silver in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay as well as a bronze in the women’s 200m freestyle and the women’s 4x100m medley relay. She is now Canada’s most decorated Olympian.
Then there was the Canadian women’s soccer team, who upset the US in the semi-finals, defeated Sweden in the finals, and won a gold medal.
Although Canada failed to crack the top 10 in medals, the Winter Olympics are a different story for Canadians. In 2018, they placed third on the medal chart, and in 2014, they placed fourth. If Canada can find their stride during the summer games, these impressive stats won’t only be limited to the Winter Olympics.