Top 5 Olympic Sports Won by Canadians

In total, Canada has collected just under 200 medals since they started participating in the Winter Olympic Games. Their best years were in 2010, where they won the most gold medals at 14, and 2018 where they took home a total of 29 medals, the best they had collected in their Winter Olympic history. This level of success has been mostly because of these 5 Olympic Sports.

Speed Skating

Speed Skating gave Canadians the most medals in the Winter Olympics with a total of 37. Some of the gold medallists include Gaetan Boucher in 1984, Catriona Le May Doan in 1998 and 2002, Cindy Klassen in 2006, Clara Hughes in 2006, Christine Nesbitt in 2010 and Ted-Jan Bloemen in 2018. Clara Hughes is more famous for winning medals in both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

Short Track Speed Skating

Canada is one of the countries that benefitted a lot after the introduction of short tracks in speed skating categories. The competitions were introduced in 1992 and since then, Canada has won several medals in each Olympic competition.

Figure Skating

Another sport that has encouraged the building of Olympic Centres in Canada is Figure Skating. It has had 17 winter Olympic competitions since the post-war seasons began. Of the 17, Canada has taken home at least one medal in each since 1948. Some of the famous medallists include Tessa Virtue, Barbara Wagner and Jamie Sale.

Freestyle Skiing

Since the introduction of the sport to Winter Olympics in 1992, Jennifer Heil, Jean-Luc Brassard, Alexandre Bilodeau, Justine Dufour-Lapointe and Mikael Kingsbury have all received a gold medal. In total, Freestyle Skiing has collected 25 medals.

Ice Hockey

Hockey is one of the sports that pulls in thousands of Canadian fans to stadiums. The national team has always participated in the sport’s Olympics except in 1956. In total, Canada has won 22 medals out of the 18 games played.