They had a home-team advantage, representing 40 percent of Team Canada, but B.C. athletes surpassed expectations even at that.
Twelve athletes from B.C., including Catharine Pendrell of Kamloops, are bringing home eight of 22 Canadian medals from the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games, including team medals in sports such as swimming, soccer, cycling, rugby and rowing.
“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,” said Wendy Pattenden, CEO, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific.
Team Canada turned in the best performance since the Atlanta Games 20 years ago, she noted.
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 percent 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
Lindsay Jennerich, Victoria – rowing – silver
Patricia Obee, Victoria – rowing – silver
Hilary Caldwell, White Rock – swimming – bronze
Laura Brown, Vancouver – cycling, track – bronze
Jasmin Glaesser, Vancouver – cycling, track – bronze
Georgia Simmerling, West Vancouver – cycling, track – bronze
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