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

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, 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.
1900 Paris2101213
1904 St. Louis5241164
1908 London873310167
1912 Stockholm3732389
1920 Antwerp53333912
1924 Paris65031420
1928 Amsterdam694471510
1932 Los Angeles1022581512
1936 Berlin97135917
1948 London118012325
1952 Helsinki107120321
1956 Melbourne92213615
1960 Rome85010132
1964 Tokyo115121422
1968 Mexico City138131523
1972 Munich208023527
1976 Montreal (host nation)3850561127
1980 Moscowdid not participate
1984 Los Angeles407101816446
1988 Seoul3283251019
1992 Barcelona2957471811
1996 Atlanta30331182221
2000 Sydney2943381424
2004 Athens2633631221
2008 Beijing3323961819
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 2010.
1924 Chamonix1210018
1928 St. Moritz2310015
1932 Lake Placid4211574
1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen2901019
1948 St. Moritz2820136
1952 Oslo3910126
1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo35012310
1960 Squaw Valley4421147
1964 Innsbruck55102310
1968 Grenoble70111313
1972 Sapporo47010117
1976 Innsbruck59111311
1980 Lake Placid59011214
1984 Sarajevo6721148
1988 Calgary (host nation)112023513
1992 Albertville10823279
1994 Lillehammer95364137
1998 Nagano144654154
2002 Salt Lake City150737174
2006 Turin1967107245
2010 Vancouver (host nation)2061475261

Medals at summer sports[edit]

Canoeing and kayaking - Sprint4101024
Synchronized swimming3418
Freestyle Wrestling27716
Show Jumping2204
Track Cycling1258
Artistic Gymnastics1001
Rhythmic Gymnastics1001
Mountain Biking0202
Road Cycling0112
Beach Volleyball0011

Medals at winter sports[edit]

Ice hockey1115218
Speed skating8111433
Short track speed skating710825
Figure skating471122
Freestyle skiing4329
Alpine skiing41510
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, thus explaining 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]

Top Medal earners[edit]

Cindy KlassenSpeed skatingWinter2002, 2006, 20101236
Clara HughesCyclingSummer1996, 20000026
Speed skatingWinter2002, 2006, 2010112
Marc GagnonShort trackWinter1994, 1998, 20023025
François-Louis TremblayShort trackWinter2002, 2006, 20102215
Phil EdwardsAthleticsSummer1928, 1932, 19360055
Lesley ThompsonRowingSummer1984, 1992, 1996, 2000, 20121315
Jennifer BotterillIce hockeyWinter1998, 2002, 2006, 20103104
Hefford, JaynaJayna Hefford
Kellar, BeckyBecky Kellar
Wickenheiser, HayleyHayley Wickenheiser
Kathleen HeddleRowingSummer1992, 19963014
Marnie McBeanRowingSummer1992, 19963014
Éric BédardShort trackWinter1998, 2002, 20062114
Gaétan BoucherSpeed skatingWinter1976, 1980, 1984, 19882114
Victor DavisSwimmingSummer1984, 19881304
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. 

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