Cheer on team
Canada

PennyOleksiak

Swimming

Birthdate: June 13, 2000
Birthplace: Scarborough (Ontario)
Hometown: Toronto (Ontario)
Gold Medals 1
Silver Medals 1
Bronze Medals 2
Olympic Games

Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Who did you look up to growing up?

Growing up I really looked up to my parents because of everything they did day in and out. However, the few years before the Olympics, I was constantly inspired by the girls I trained with leading up to the Olympics. They taught me most of the things I know about swimming.

Who is your biggest cheerleader?

My biggest supporters were my mum and my dad. My mum would always be at every single meet and cheering louder than anyone and filming all my races. It was so much fun. My dad would drive me to every practice, wait for my practices to be done, then drive me to school and back to practice every day.

What is your most memorable accomplishment?

My most memorable accomplishment was turning around after the 100 freestyle in Rio. I was expecting to be dead last, but when I was scanning the rankings, I realized that I actually came first!

What does being Candian mean to you?

Being Canadian means having one big family. I feel so honoured to be able to represent Canada all the time because I know I’ll constantly have the support of my Canadian family.

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