Athlete of Day 3

Penny Oleksiak in 10 clicks

December 08th, 2016


Penny Oleksiak (CAN) won six medals at the 2015 Singapore World Junior Swimming Champs: gold in the 4x100 mixed free, silver in the 100m free, 50m and 100m fly, 4x200m free, and bronze in the 4x100m free

Gold for two

Oleksiak and Simone Manuel (USA) shared the gold in the 100m free at the 2016 Rio Olympics, in a winning time of 52.70


It was the second time in Olympic history that two swimmers shared the women's 100m free title: it first happened in 1984, with US Nancy Hogshead and Carrie Steinseifer touched home in 55.92


Besides the gold in the 100m free, Oleksiak won another three medals at the Rio Olympics: silver in the 100m fly, and bronze in the 4x100m free and 4x200m free relay

Hard to believe

"It surpassed all my expectations and it's kind of hard to believe that I just did what I did, I guess." - on her amazing Olympic performances

Already a legend

Born in June 2000, Oleksiak was the youngest Canadian Olympic champion in history and the first athlete of her country with four medals in a single edition of the Games


After her outstanding performances in Rio, Penny Oleksiak was naturally chosen to be the flag bearer for Canada at the Closing Ceremony of the Games


"But it's also a little bit crazy just when I'm walking down the street and I'll have people shouting my name or people asking for photos. I always stop for people and sign stuff."

Promising start

Penny Oleksiak was first (52.36) in the heats of the 100m free and second fastest in the semis, in a time of 52.19