Top 3 Canadian Immigrants That Won Gold in the Olympics

The Olympics has contributed to the strengthening of patriotism in many nations. However, not all players get to play for their countries of origin. Canada has seen several such players, and here are three significant Olympics gold medallists who are Canadian immigrants.

Donovan Bailey

The 100-metre gold winner in the men’s race in 1996 was only 13 years when he came to Canada. He and his family travelled from Manchester, Jamaica. Bailey was part of the 1996 and the 2000 games. He also contributed to the relay gold in Atlanta, 1996. The 1996 season was a significant one for Bailey, having recorded a new world record in the 100-metre race at 9.84 seconds.

Bruny Surin

The runner of Haiti decent was seven years old when he and his family left his home for Quebec. It was not until he turned 17 that his career in athletics began. He participated in the Seoul Olympic games of 1988 as a long jumper, in Barcelona in 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 as a sprinter. In the 1996 Olympic games, he and his team members brought home the gold.

Daniel Igali

Igali has been a wrestler since his teenage years in Nigeria. He was so good that he made captain in 1994 for the Nigerian team. In the same year, he participated in the Commonwealth games in British Columbia, but he did not return home. Due to political unrest in Nigeria, he opted to seek asylum in Canada as a refugee and later became a citizen in 1998.

During his time in Canada, he continued with his university education while still wrestling in several tournaments. In the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Daniel Igali won the first and only gold for Canada’s men’s wrestling. He later represented Canada in the 2004 Athens games.

Canada indeed demonstrates that anyone can reach their highest potential provided they put in the work and the names describe above are a testimony to that.