Canada at the Olympics

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Canada at the Olympic Games

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Canada at the Olympic Games

Flag of Canada
IOC code CAN
NOCCanadian Olympic Committee (English) (French)
Olympic history
Summer Games
Winter Games
Intercalated Games

Canada (CAN) has sent athletes to every Winter Olympic Games and almost every Summer Olympic Games since its debut at the 1900 games with the exception of the 1980 Summer Olympics, which it boycotted. Canada has won at least one medal at every Olympics in which it has competed. The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is the National Olympic Committee for Canada.

At the 2010 Winter Olympics which they hosted in Vancouver, Canada finished atop the medal standings for the first time, winning the most gold medals of any country.

Hosted Games[edit]

Canada has hosted the Games three times.

GamesHost cityDatesNationsParticipantsEvents
1976 Summer OlympicsMontreal17 July – 1 August926,028123
1988 Winter OlympicsCalgary13 – 28 February571,42346
2010 Winter OlympicsVancouver12 – 28 February832,62986

Medal tables[edit]

Medals by Summer Games[edit]

Number of medals won by Canada at the Olympic summer games from 1900 to 2012.
France 1900 Paris2101213
United States 1904 St. Louis5241164
United Kingdom 1908 London873310167
Sweden 1912 Stockholm3732389
Belgium 1920 Antwerp53333912
France 1924 Paris65031420
Netherlands 1928 Amsterdam694471510
United States 1932 Los Angeles1022581512
Nazi Germany 1936 Berlin97135917
United Kingdom 1948 London118012325
Finland 1952 Helsinki107120321
Australia 1956 Melbourne92213615
Italy 1960 Rome85010132
Japan 1964 Tokyo115121422
Mexico 1968 Mexico City138131523
West Germany 1972 Munich208023527
Canada 1976 Montreal (host nation)3850561127
Soviet Union 1980 Moscowdid not participate
United States 1984 Los Angeles407101816446
South Korea 1988 Seoul3283251019
Spain 1992 Barcelona2957471811
United States 1996 Atlanta30331182221
Australia 2000 Sydney2943381424
Greece 2004 Athens2633631221
China 2008 Beijing3323971919
United Kingdom 2012 London28115121836

Canada also won 1 gold medal and 1 silver medal at the 1906 Summer Olympics, which the IOC no longer recognizes as an official Olympic games, so those medals are not counted in this table.

Medals by Winter Games[edit]

Number of medals won by Canada at the Olympic winter games from 1924 to 2014.

     Hosted Winter Games

France 1924 Chamonix1210018
Switzerland 1928 St. Moritz2310015
United States 1932 Lake Placid4211574
Nazi Germany 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen2901019
Switzerland 1948 St. Moritz2820136
Norway 1952 Oslo3910126
Italy 1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo37012310
United States 1960 Squaw Valley4421147
Austria 1964 Innsbruck55102310
France 1968 Grenoble70111313
Japan 1972 Sapporo47010117
Austria 1976 Innsbruck59111311
United States 1980 Lake Placid59011214
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1984 Sarajevo6721148
Canada 1988 Calgary112023513
France 1992 Albertville10823279
Norway 1994 Lillehammer95364137
Japan 1998 Nagano144654154
United States 2002 Salt Lake City150737174
Italy 2006 Turin1967107245
Canada 2010 Vancouver2061475261
Russia 2014 Sochi22010105253

Medals at summer sports[edit]

     Leading in that sport

Canoeing and kayaking - Sprint4101024
Synchronized swimming3418
Freestyle Wrestling27716
Show Jumping2204
Track Cycling1247
Artistic Gymnastics1001
Rhythmic Gymnastics1001
Mountain Biking0202
Road Cycling0123
Beach Volleyball0011

Medals at winter sports[edit]

     Leading in that sport

Ice hockey13152201
Speed skating8121535
Short track speed skating811928
Freestyle skiing87318
Figure skating4101125
Alpine skiing41611
Cross-country skiing2103

Canada has never won an Olympic medal in the following current sports: Archery, Badminton, BMX, Canoeing and kayaking - Slalom, Fencing, Field Hockey, Greco-Roman Wrestling, Handball, Indoor Volleyball, Luge, Modern pentathlon, Nordic combined, Rugby, Ski jumping, Table Tennis, and Water polo.

1One of Canada's Ice Hockey gold medals was won during the 1920 Summer Olympics, resulting in the discrepancy between the medals by games and medals by sports tables.


In 2012, Equestrian show jumper Ian Millar competed at his tenth Summer Olympics, tying the record for most Olympic games participated in set by Austrian sailor Hubert Raudaschl between 1964 and 1996. He has been named to eleven straight Olympic teams, but did not compete at the 1980 Summer Olympics due to the Canadian boycott.[1] In 2008 he won his first medal, a silver medal in the team jumping event.[2]

Clara Hughes is the first and only Olympian of any country or gender, to win multiple medals at both the Winter and the Summer Games, with two Summer and four Winter medals.[3] Clara Hughes and Cindy Klassen hold the record for most Olympic medals won by a Canadian of either gender, with six each.[3] Cindy Klassen holds the record for most Winter medals won by a Canadian of either gender, with six.[3]

Catriona Le May Doan became the first Canadian to defend their gold medal at the Olympics. She repeated her gold medal in the women's 500m long track speedskating event at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics from the 1998 Nagano Olympics.[4][5]

Alexandre Bilodeau became the first freestyle skiing gold medallist to defend his Olympic title, and first repeat gold medallist, winning the men's moguls at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. He became the second Canadian to defend their Olympic gold, and first man.[4][5][6]

After captaining the women's ice hockey team to gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Caroline Ouellette became the first Winter Olympian of any country or gender to enter four or more career events and win gold in each.[7] Oullette had previously won gold in ice hockey in 2002, 2006, and 2010.

Jennifer Jones skipped the Canadian women's team at the 2014 Winter Olympics to a Gold medal. She is the first ever female skip in Olympic history to be undefeated throughout the tournament. Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn McEwen and spare Kirsten Wall went unbeaten with an 11-0 record defeating China, Sweden (round-robin and finals), Great Britain (round-robin and semi-finals), Denmark, Switzerland, Japan, Russia, the United States, and Korea.[8][9]

Top Medal earners[edit]

Cindy KlassenSpeed skatingWinter2002, 2006, 20101236
Clara HughesCyclingSummer1996, 2000, 20120026
Speed skatingWinter2002, 2006, 2010112
Jayna HeffordIce hockeyWinter1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 20144105
Wickenheiser, HayleyHayley Wickenheiser
Marc GagnonShort trackWinter1994, 1998, 20023025
François-Louis TremblayShort trackWinter2002, 2006, 20102215
Phil EdwardsAthleticsSummer1928, 1932, 19360055
Lesley ThompsonRowingSummer1984, 1992, 1996, 2000, 20121315
Caroline OuelletteIce hockeyWinter2002, 2006, 2010, 20144004
Jennifer BotterillIce hockeyWinter1998, 2002, 2006, 20103104
Kellar, BeckyBecky Kellar
Charles HamelinShort trackWinter2006, 2010, 20143104
Kathleen HeddleRowingSummer1992, 19963014
Marnie McBean
Éric BédardShort trackWinter1998, 2002, 20062114
Gaétan BoucherSpeed skatingWinter1976, 1980, 1984, 19882114
Victor DavisSwimmingSummer1984, 19881304
Denny MorrisonSpeed skatingWinter2006, 2010, 20141214
Adam van KoeverdenKayakingSummer2004, 2008, 20121214
Kristina GrovesSpeed skatingWinter2002, 2006, 20100314
Tania VicentShort trackWinter1998, 2002, 2006, 20100224
Émilie HeymansDivingSummer2000, 2004, 2008, 20120224

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Martin Cleary (2008-08-08). "'The Olympics is not a young horse game'". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  2. ^ Doug Smith (2008-08-18). "'Canada wins silver in team show jumping'". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  3. ^ a b c Canadian Press (22 June 2012). "London 2012: Hesjedal and Hughes to lead Canadian road cycling team at London Games". Toronto Star. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Alexandre Bilodeau Wins Gold, Mikael Kingsbury Silver In Olympic Moguls At Sochi". Huffington Post. 2014-02-10. 
  5. ^ a b Eric Koreen (10 August 2012). "Catriona Le May Doan emerging as Olympic broadcasting star". National Post. 
  6. ^ Will Graves (2014-02-10). "Canada's Alex Bilodeau takes gold in men's moguls, first two-time freestyle Olympic champion". Associated Press (The Republic (Columbus, Indiana)). 
  7. ^ Nick Zaccardi (2014-02-20). "An inch to the right and we would have won the gold". NBC Olympic Talk. 
  8. ^ |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  9. ^ Toronto Sun |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 21 February 2014. 

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