August 9, 2021 by Speakers' Spotlight
Celebrating Our Olympic Champions
Team Canada is returning triumphant after an incredible run at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which saw us take home 24 medals in a series of history-making and record-breaking moments. We wanted to congratulate all of our Olympians!
We’re fortunate to work with several Olympic champions who inspire audiences with their stories on leadership, success, and perseverance while climbing to the top of their game.
Andre De Grasse | Olympic Champion Sprinter
Andre De Grasse has won a medal in every Olympic event he’s competed in. Making his Olympic debut at the 2016 Rio Games, he made history as the first Canadian to win medals in all three sprint events in a single Games. Andre continued his winning streak in Tokyo to bring home three medals, including a gold in the 200m event, making him the first Canadian male athlete to win since 1928.
Christine Sinclair | Captain, Canadian Women’s Gold Medal Soccer Team
Years in the making, Christine Sinclair finally brought home gold as the captain of the Canadian Women’s Soccer Team. After winning back-to-back bronze medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, she went into the 2020 Tokyo Games set on changing the colour of the medal and led her team to Canada’s first-ever gold medal win in women’s soccer.
Marnie McBean | Canada’s Chef de Mission, 2020 Tokyo Olympics
One of Canada’s most decorated Olympians, Marnie McBean was Team Canada’s 2020 chef de mission, leading a delegation of 370 athletes — the largest since 1984. Her goal was to create an inclusive environment, and she led with a motto of adaptation as she mentored and supported her athletes through the ups and downs of the pandemic. With attendance restricted, she also became their biggest cheerleader and Canada’s guide to everything behind-the-scenes at the Tokyo Games.
Rosie MacLennan | Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Trampoline
Rosie MacLennan is the first trampolinist to ever win back-to-back Olympic gold medals, winning at the 2012 and 2016 Games. She is also the first Canadian athlete to successfully defend an Olympic title at the summer Games and the first Canadian woman to win two gold medals in an individual event at the summer Games.
Just weeks before 2020 Tokyo Games, she sustained multiple injuries, including ligament tears and bone bruises, and was unsure if she’d even be able to compete. But she persevered through recovery and went on to place fourth, after a nail-biting competition.
Perdita Felicien And Alexandre Despatie
Alexandre is, of course, a Canadian diving sensation. He is a two-time Olympic medalist and the only diver to have been a world champion in three World Championship categories. Perdita is a champion 100m hurdler, who became a two-time Olympian, 10-time National Champion, two-time World silver medalist, and the only Canadian woman to win a World Championship gold medal in track and field.
Meet more of our Olympians in the photo slideshow below: