Penny Oleksiak: A 16 Year Old Athlete Created History For Canada


A new brand athlete has exalted the name of Canada in these 2016 Summer Olympics and has recovered the joy and hope for all the Canadians which were expecting to have a good performance this year. Penelope Oleksiak, a 16 year old youngster who managed to win four medals, a gold medal in the 100-metre freestyle with a time of 52.70 seconds, the silver medal in in the 100-metre butterfly on Sunday, August, 8th, with a time of 56.46 seconds, and two bronzes medals, one in 4×100 freestyle relay, whose performance was of 3:32.89 and the last one in 4×200 freestyle relay with 7:45.39.

Undoubtedly, the performance of this 16-year-old girl has exceeded the country’s and also the world’s expectation, considering she was of great support in order to obtain four medals out of 22, the total numbers of medals obtained by Canadians this Summer Olympics, 18 more than the medals won in London, 2012. The family of the athlete was completely supportive during the whole performance in the several pool activities that took place in the different stadiums of Rio in which she was participating.



Due to the great endeavor put and medals obtained by this youngster, the Canadian Olympic Committee announced that Penelope Oleksiak will be the Canadian Flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics which was held in Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The athlete was more than honored to carry the flag of her country which was successfully represented by her. The reasons taken into account to select her as the Canadian flag bearer by the Canadian Olympic Committee were definitely the great number of medals won by a Canadian athlete this Summer Olympics and the broken records she could manage. Those factors are more than enough to have her representing Canada and raising its name.

In spite of all this, Penny expects nothing to change once she returns to Ontario. The CBC asked her in an interview if she believes that this tremendous achievement won’t make things change, including friends and school and she, replied “I hope so. I don’t really want everything to change. I don`t want it to be super overwhelming. It would be nice to be able to go home and chill out with my friends.”

Oleksiak will go back to Toronto to have the life she had before the competition and get focused on achieving more goals. After all, making Canada great again in Olympics is quite a great achievement for a person of her age.