12 BC athletes will return home with Olympic medals

Aug 22 2016, 7:33 pm

Canada tied a national record for most medals won at a non-boycotted Summer Olympics in Rio, and many British Columbians played a large part in that.

In total, 12 athletes from BC will return home with a medal around their neck – all of them, women.

Here’s the full list:


Image: Jason Ransom / Canadian Olympic Committee

Image: Jason Ransom / Canadian Olympic Committee

Taylor Ruck, Kelowna

Taylor Ruck, Canada’s other multi-medal winning 16-year-old, will return home with two bronze medals. She was a part of two swimming relay teams that surprised in Rio.

Emily Overholt, Vancouver

A teammate of Ruck’s on the 4 x 200 m freestyle swimming relay team, Overholt is an old timer compared to Ruck and Penny Oleksiak. She’s 18.

Hilary Caldwell, White Rock

Hilary Caldwell was one of three Canadian swimmers to win a medal in an individual race. She won bronze in the 200-metre backstroke.


Lindsay Jennerich, Victoria

Lindsay Jennerich won silver in women’s lightweight double sculls rowing.

Patricia Obee, Victoria

Patricia Obee was Jennerich’s teammate in the all-British Columbian silver medal-winning duo.


Image: Mark Blinch / Canadian Olympic Committee

Image: Mark Blinch / Canadian Olympic Committee

Kayla Moleschi, Williams Lake

Kayla Moleschi was part of the first-ever women’s rugby bronze medal team.


Image: David Jackson / Canadian Olympic Committee

Image: David Jackson / Canadian Olympic Committee

Catharine Pendrel, Kamloops

Catharine Pendrel won bronze in mountain biking despite crashing on the first lap.

Laura Brown, Vancouver

A newcomer to the team, Laura Brown was part of Canada getting back on the podium in women’s team pursuit cycling for a second straight Olympics.

Jasmin Glaesser, Vancouver

Jasmin Glaesser was the lone returnee for team pursuit cycling, earning her second Olympic bronze medal.

Georgia Simmerling, West Vancouver

Georgia Simmerling was a newcomer to the Summer Olympics, but she had plenty of experience in the Winter Games. Competing in her third Olympic sport, she earned a bronze medal with Brown and Glaesser in team pursuit.


Image: Bob Frid / Canadian Olympic Committee

Image: Bob Frid / Canadian Olympic Committee

Sophie Schmidt, Abbotsford

Sophie Schmidt earned back-to-back bronze medals with the women’s soccer team. She scored Canada’s lone goal in their quarter-final win against France.

Christine Sinclair, Burnaby

What can I write that hasn’t already been written about Christine Sinclair? Nothing. She’s a legend, we all know that. If this was her last Olympics, she went out with glory, scoring the game-winning goal in the bronze medal game.

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