Canada's most decorated Olympian struggled to untangle her 7 medals while on camera at an NHL game

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Canada's most decorated Olympian struggled to untangle her 7 medals while on camera at an NHL game
Penny Oleksiak untangled her medals at an NHL game.
Penny Oleksiak untangled her medals at an NHL game. Mark Blinch/Getty Images; Sportsnet/Twitter
  • Penny Oleksiak brought all seven of her Olympic medals to Wednesday's Toronto Maple Leafs game.

  • Canada's all-time most decorated Olympian reportedly transported her precious hardware in a sock.

  • The 21-year-old was caught on camera struggling to untangle the medals while sitting in the stands.

Penny Oleksiak has a rather unorthodox problem on her hands.

She has to keep track of too many Olympic medals.

Canada's all-time most decorated Olympian - who has won a gold, two silvers, and four bronze medals across two different Olympic Games - brought her haul of hardware to the Toronto Maple Leafs' home opener against the Motreal Canadiens Wednesday night.

Bronze medallist Penny Oleksiak of Canada poses with her medal during the victory ceremony for the ladies' 200m freestyle final at Tokyo Aquatics Centre
Oleksiak holds a bronze medal she won at the Tokyo Olympics. Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images

But instead of showing off her plethora of prizes at the NHL game, Oleksiak found herself unprepared by the time the cameras found her in the stands. A video later surfaced of the 21-year-old swimmer struggling to detangle and organize the medals while seated among fans at Scotiabank Arena:

What's more, the freestyle and butterfly specialist reportedly carried her medals to the game in peculiar, and some might say humble, fashion. She was spotted pulling the jumbled heap out of a wool sock before the cameras found her.

Eventually, though, Oleksiak managed to detangle the mess and sort through her seven medals. By the time she found her way onto the jumbotron, a smiling Oleksiak had her hardware displayed in an organized, visually appealing fashion.

The Maple Leafs came away with the win in their first game of the season. And while Oleksiak was undoubtedly supporting the hometown team in this one, she likely has a different favorite NHL franchise.

Her older brother, Jamie Oleksiak, is a defenceman for the league's newest franchise - the Seattle Kraken. Toronto's side will make its way to Seattle to face the Kraken in December, and perhaps the younger Oleksiak athlete will bring her many medals - tangled and stuffed in a sock, of course - to KeyArena for the showdown.

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