7 Moments Where Canada's Olympians Made Us All Proud At The Tokyo Games

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7 Moments Where Canada's Olympians Made Us All Proud At The Tokyo Games

What an Olympic Games it was for Team Canada, which won the most medals at a Summer Games for Canada since Los Angeles 1984.

From judo to weightlifting and cycling to swimming, Canada's athletes excelled on the world stage against some of the best around the globe.

Three-time Olympic champion and Team Canada's Tokyo 2020 Chef de Mission, Marnie McBean, said: "From all 42 sport disciplines, there was a common thread. What bound them together wasn't shared space but shared thought and perspective. They are now all forged by the same fire."

Below are some of the many moments where Canadian athletes made Canada proud at the Olympics.

Canada's Soccer Team Won Gold

The women's soccer team won Canada's first gold medal in a women's summer team sport. It is also the first Canadian gold medal for a summer team sport in 113 years, dating back to the men's lacrosse team's triumph at London 1908. Canadian soccer player Quinn also became the first openly transgender, non-binary athlete to win an Olympic medal.

Penny Oleksiak Became Canada's Most Decorated Olympian

With seven career Olympic medals, three of which were earned in Tokyo, swimmer Penny Oleksiak became Canada's all-time most decorated olympian. Oleksiak won a silver medal in the 4 x 100-metre freestyle relay and bronze medals in the 200-metre freestyle and 4 x 100-metre medley relay.

Diving Success & A Proposal

Jennifer Abel and Mélissa Citrini-Beaulieu earned silver in the women's synchronized 3-metre springboard event, Canada's best-ever result in the event at the Olympic Games and the country's best result in any diving event since Beijing 2008. There were also congratulations for Abel when she returned to Canada as her boyfriend David Lemieux proposed at the airport in this adorable video.

Ellie Black Fought Through The Pain

After sustaining a sprained ankle, Ellie Black battled through the pain to finish fourth in the women's balance beam, earning Canada's best-ever Olympic result in women's artistic gymnastics.

Olympic Firsts For Canada

Damian Warner, Lauriane Genest and Laurence Vincent Lapointe were part of a history-making run in Tokyo after winning Canada's first-time medals in their individual events back-to-back.

Lauriane Genest became Canada's first-ever Olympic medallist in the women's keirin track cycling event. She is also only the second Canadian woman to ever win an Olympic medal in an individual track cycling event.

In the Olympic debut of women's canoe events, Laurence Vincent Lapointe was the first silver medallist in the women's C1 200-metre. Vincent Lapointe and Katie Vincent then captured bronze in the inaugural women's C2 500-metre sprint.

Mohammed Ahmed became the first Canadian to win an Olympic medal in a men's long-distance track event with a silver in the men's 5,000 metres.

In her debut Olympics, track cyclist Kelsey Mitchell won gold in the sprint event. Evan Dunfee also became Canada's first Olympic medallist in the 50-kilometre race walk. She won a bronze medal after narrowly missing out on the podium in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Maggie Mac Neil Made History

Swimmer Maggie Mac Neil became the first Canadian Olympic champion in the women's 100-metre butterfly. She swam into the international headlines after beating China's top swimmer by 0.05 seconds.

Andre De Grasse Was Faster Than Usain Bolt

Andre De Grasse became Canada's second-most decorated Olympian after winning three medals. He won two bronzes in the men's 100-metre dash and men's 4x100-metre relay along with gold in the men's 200-metre race. His time in the 200-metre race was even faster than Usain Bolt's gold medal-winning time of 19.78 seconds from the 2016 Rio Olympics

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