This year’s Canadian Olympic Team has the highest percentage of British Columbian-affiliated athletes in the history of the Games.
According to the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (CSI Pacific), 192 of the 370 athletes representing Canada at the Tokyo Olympics have a connection to BC.
One hundred and thirty-one of the Olympians were either born in BC, or live in the province currently. There are 36 different towns and cities among them.
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CSI Pacific, which operates Olympic and Paralympic training centres in Vancouver, Victoria, and Whistler, added that 182 athletes have either benefited from its sport science services, or are a member of the PacificSport Regional Alliance.
CSI Pacific points to several factors as the driving force behind BC’s Olympic prominence, including its own support of high-performance athletes, and viaSport’s promotion of amateur sports.
“Canada’s Olympians come from throughout the province,” CSI Pacific said.
“The widespread range of BC’s athletes is a direct result of the province’s commitment to make community sport accessible to all British Columbians.”