Five alumni bring home medals from Rio Olympic Games

Five alumni bring home medals from Rio Olympic Games

Author: BC Games Society/Monday, August 22, 2016/Categories: 2016 News, Alumni

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Five BC Games and Team BC alumni contributed to Team Canada's record setting medal tally at the Rio Olympic Games.

Press Release from BC Government News | www.news.gov.bc.ca

Twelve athletes from British Columbia are bringing home eight medals from the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games, including team medals in sports such as swimming, soccer, cycling, rugby and rowing.

A total of 142 athletes with a connection to B.C. competed at the Games in 18 different sports. Of those, provincially-affiliated athletes earned 50% of the Canadian Olympic Team’s total medal count: one gold, one silver and nine bronze medals.

Athletes from British Columbia who earned medals at the Games include (in chronological order of achievement):

    Taylor Ruck, Kelowna – swimming – bronze x2
    Kayla Moleschi, Williams Lake – rugby – bronze
    Emily Overholt, Vancouver – swimming – bronze (2010 BC Summer Games & 2013 Canada Summer Games)
    Lindsay Jennerich, Victoria – rowing – silver (2001 Canada Summer Games)
    Patricia Obee, Victoria – rowing – silver (2009 Canada Summer Games)
    Hilary Caldwell, White Rock – swimming  – bronze (2006 BC Summer Games & 2009 Canada Summer Games)
    Laura Brown, Vancouver – cycling, track – bronze
    Jasmin Glaesser, Vancouver – cycling, track – bronze
    Georgia Simmerling, West Vancouver – cycling, track – bronze (2002 BC Winter Games)
    Sophie Schmidt, Abbotsford – women's football (soccer) – bronze
    Christine Sinclair, Burnaby – women's football (soccer) – bronze
    Catharine Pendrel, Kamloops – women’s mountain bike – bronze

In total, Canada won 22 medals:

    4 Gold
    3 Silver
    15 Bronze

Athletes from British Columbia will represent Canada at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Summer Games from Sept. 7-18.

Quotes:                                

Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia –

“British Columbia’s Olympic athletes and coaches showcased to Canada, and the world, what we are capable of. Our athletes significantly contributed to Team Canada’s medal count, but perhaps even more than that, they inspired another generation of young Canadians to dream big, and participate in international sport.”

Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development –

“We are very proud of our local athletes that competed in the Olympic Games and I am thrilled that so many of them were able to realize their dreams of reaching the podium. This province came together over the past 16 days to cheer on our athletes and each and every one of them should be proud of their efforts on the world stage.”

Wendy Pattenden, CEO, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific –

“Rio 2016 proved to be a huge success for Canadian athletes and B.C.-supported athletes were a significant part of Canada’s improvement at these Games. With the generous support of the Province, B.C.-supported athletes have helped Team Canada surpass expectations, reaching their highest medal total since 1996 in Atlanta. The Canadian Sport Institute Pacific is extremely proud of all the athletes with whom we are fortunate enough to work with in the daily training environment, as well as our team of sport science and sport medicine experts.”

Quick Facts:

    314 athletes make up the Canadian Olympic Team.
    142 of these athletes have a B.C. connection (including 39 BC Games and Team BC alumni)
    68 of them have their hometown in British Columbia.
    In 2012:
        Canadian athletes won 18 medals at the London Olympic Games: 1 gold, 5 silver, and 12 bronze.

        50% of the medals came from athletes with a connection to this province.

 

PHOTO: Hilary Caldwell celebrates her bronze medal in the 200 backstroke
Courtesy: Canadian Olympic Committee, Mark Blinch

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