Top 5 Canadian Olympic Moments

The Olympics have always been a big deal for any country and Canada is no different. Canadians have a lot to be proud of when it comes to both big and small milestones during the Olympics. Here are five of the greatest moments ever recorded in Canadian Olympic history.

From Grief to Glory

History is made at the Olympics and at times it is very emotional. This was the case for Joannie Rochette, a Canadian, in the 2010 Vancouver figure skating Olympics. Though Rochette had just lost her mother two days prior to her program, she stepped into the ice with a lot of passion. She later won a bronze, making it a dream come true for her and her late mother.

Atlanta 1996

The US had always won the Olympic finals in the four by 100 men’s relay before 1996. However, on this particular Saturday night in Atlanta, Robert Esmie, the 100m winner Donovan Bailey plus two other athletes led Canada to their first win in history.

Captain Canada

Resilience always pays off, no matter how long it takes. This was the statement expressed by Ian Millar in the 2012 Equestrian Olympic. Mr. Millar had participated in the competitions for 36 years and finally won a Silver at the age of 61 years.

Paris 1900

George Orton took the title as the first Canadian Olympic medallist in the 1900 Paris edition. This makes the year quite significant for the country, given that it was the first time that Canada participated in the Olympics. Orton took home gold from the 2500 steeplechase race and bronze from the 400m hurdles.

PyeongChang 2018

No other Olympic year saw Canada taking home as many as the 29 medals in the 2018 games. The country was ranked position three with ten bronze, eight silver and 11 gold. In the same year, Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue were the most decorated duo, winning gold in ice dancing.