CANADIAN OLYMPIC TRIVIA
The following is a collection of Trivia (in no particular order) about Canadian Olympians and Olympic events in which they have participated.
Canada's Men's hockey team set an Olympic record for fewest goals against (3) during the entire 2014 series
Canada's Men's and Women's hockey teams won back-to-back GOLD medals in 2010 & 2014
4 consecutive GOLD medals for Canada in Women's hockey at the Winter Olympics (2002, 2006, 2010 & 2014)
First tiime in Winter Olympics that both Men and Women win GOLD in curliing - Sochi 2014
Jennifer Jones (skip) was undefeated in all 11 games (an Olympic Record) and won Gold in the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.
Viviane Forest is another 2010 Paralympic 5 Medal winner. She won 1 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze in visually impared Alpine Skiing.
Lauren Woolstencroft won 5 Gold Skiinig Medals setting a new Canadian record at the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver/Wistler.
Canada won 10 Medals at the 2010 Paralympic Games - 10 Gold, 5 Silver and 4 Bronze for the best performance ever in Winter Paralympic Games.
Brian McKeever (his brother and guide) won the first Gold 2010 Paralympic medal on home soil in the visually impared 20K cross-country event.
Colette Bourgonje won the first medal (Silver) for Canada at the 2010 Paralympics in 10K cross-country skiing. It was also the first Paralympic medal won on home soil
Canada won more medals (26) at the 2010 Winter Games than any Canadian Team has ever won. They also won more Gold medals (14) than any host nation has ever won.
Clara Hughes won a Bronze medal in the 5000m race in Vancouver to add to the 5 medals she previously won. She is the only person to win more than 1 Medal in both the Summer and Winter Games.
Ashleigh McIvor is the first winner of a Gold Medal in Ski-Cross. This was a new event in the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are the first Canadians and the first North Anericans to win a Gold in Ice Dance at the 2010 Olympics. They are also the youngest pair to win a Gold for Ice Dance.
Alexandre Bilodeau is the first Canadian to win a Gold Medal on home soil with his victory in Moguls at the 2010 Games in Vancouver.
The longest domestic Olympic Torch Relay was held in 2010. It covered over 45,000 Km and 12,000 torch bearers took part. It visited 1,036 communities across Canada and lasted for 106 days, ending in Vancouver.
The first Canadian to win an Olympic medal was George Orton who won two medals in the 1900 Olympic games in Paris: a gold in steeplechase and a bronze in hurdles.
Ray Lewis was the first Canadian-born (Hamilton, ON) black athlete to win an Olympic medal. He waon bronze in the 4x400m relay at the 1932 Los Angeles Olypics.
Canada hosted the Olympic Summer Games in Montreal, Quebec in 1976; the Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, Alberta in 1988 and the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010.
Canada's best Olympic record performance ever was in the 1984 Summer Olympics at Los Angeles. The Canadians took home a total of 44 Medals - 10 GOLD, 18 SILVER and 16 BRONZE. Another interesting fact is the rather "poor" performance at the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal where Canada, as host nation, failed to win a single GOLD medal, but took 5 SILVER and 6 BRONZE for a total of 11.
Richard (Dick) Pound, a Canadian, was 1st Vice-President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). He lost the race for the IOC Presidency in July 2001. He is now the World Anti-Doping Agency chairman.
Donovan Bailey of Canada continues to hold the 1996 Olympic record he set in the 100m sprint, with a time of 9.84 seconds. He is the fastest Olympian in the world.
(Skip) Sandra Schmirler and her team captured an Olympic Curling Gold medal at the 1998 Nagano Games
Daniel Igali won Gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics to become the first Canadian to win a wrestling Olympic medal.
Catriona Le May Doan is the first Canadian to successfully defend an Olympic Gold medal in an individual sport. She won her second Gold medal in the 500-metre speed skating event at the 2002 Olympics.
Becky Scott won a Gold medal in the 2002 Olympics for the 5k cross-country persuit. It is the first cross-country medal won by a North American in the Olympics. She originally won a Bronze medal but was upgraded to Silver, then to Gold following doping investigations in 2003. She is the only person in Olympic history to be awarded all 3 medals in the same single event.
Dr. Philip Aaron Edwards and Marc Gagnon share the Canadian record of winning 5 Olympic medals each.
The first ever Gymnastic Gold medal for a Canadian was won in artistic floor exercises by Kyle Shewfelt at the 2004 Athens games.
Chantel Petitclerc won a Gold medal in the 800m Wheelchair race. This was a Demonstration event in Athens and did not count in Canada's 2004 medal totals. She also won 4 additional gold medals in the 2004 Paralympic Games and broke 3 world records.
Tonya Verbeek won a Silver medal at the Athens 2004 games and became the first Canadian to win a medal in Woman's wrestling.
Lori-Ann Muenzer won the first ever cycling Gold medal in woman's sprint at the Athens games.
Alexandre Despatie won a Silver medal in Athens and became the first Canadian male to win a diving Olympic medal.
Jennifer Heil became the first Canadian to win a Gold medal in Freestyle Skiing - Women's Moguls at the 2006 Torino Winter games
Duff Gibson, at age 39, is the oldest Winter Olympic gold medallist in an individual event. He won in Skelton in the Torino games.
Ian Miller, at 61 is the oldest Canadian in any Olympics. He has participated in 9 Olympic Games and is a member of the 2008 Silver medal-winning Canadian Equestrian team.
The Canadian Men' Curling Team, skipped by Brad Gushue, won Olympic Curling Gold at the 2006 Turino Winter Games.
Cindy Klassen is the first Canadian athlete to win five medals in a single Olympics and the first with six medals overall. She won her medals in Ladies Speed Skating
Canada's Olympians placed 4th in 13 events and 5th in 9 events in Turino. They won at least one medal in 10 of the 15 sport disciplines competed at the games, and gold medals in 6 different disciplines; both feats were unmatched by any other nation. Canada won a record 24 medals during the Turino Winter Games.
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