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Gold Penny

Penny Oleksiak dived into the pool at the Rio 2016 Olympics and emerged as Canada’s golden girl. The 16-year-old swimmer took home four medals, including a gold in the 100m freestyle with an Olympic record time. Oleksiak was named Canada’s flag-bearer at the closing ceremony and will be one to watch at the next Summer Games in Tokyo.

Year in Review 2016: Top Canadian sports stories


The appetite for sports in Canada is never stronger than during an Olympic year, so it’s no surprise to see Olympians throughout our list of the top 10 Canadian sports stories of 2016. On top of all the successes of the country’s athletes in Rio, there were also eye-catching performances on the ice, court, and pitch that made it a most memorable year for Canadian sports fans.