Twelve B.C. athletes bring home medals

Aug 22, 2016

Twelve athletes from British Columbia are bringing home eight medals from the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games, including team medals in sports such as swimming, soccer, cycling, rugby and rowing.

A total of 142 athletes with a connection to B.C. competed at the Games in 18 different sports. Of those, provincially-affiliated athletes earned 50% of the Canadian Olympic Team’s total medal count: one gold, one silver and nine bronze medals.

Athletes from British Columbia who earned medals at the Games include (in chronological order of achievement):

  • Taylor Ruck, Kelowna – swimming – bronze x2
  • Kayla Moleschi, Williams Lake – rugby – bronze
  • Emily Overholt, Vancouver – swimming – bronze 
  • Lindsay Jennerich, Victoria – rowing – silver
  • Patricia Obee, Victoria – rowing – silver
  • Hilary Caldwell, White Rock – swimming  – bronze
  • Laura Brown, Vancouver – cycling, track – bronze
  • Jasmin Glaesser, Vancouver – cycling, track – bronze
  • Georgia Simmerling, West Vancouver – cycling, track – bronze
  • Sophie Schmidt, Abbotsford – women’s football (soccer) – bronze
  • Christine Sinclair, Burnaby – women’s football (soccer) – bronze
  • Catharine Pendrel, Kamloops – women’s mountain bike – bronze

In total, Canada won 22 medals:

  • 4 Gold
  • 3 Silver
  • 15 Bronze

Athletes from British Columbia will represent Canada at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Summer Games from Sept. 7-18.


Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia –

“British Columbia’s Olympic athletes and coaches showcased to Canada, and the world, what we are capable of. Our athletes significantly contributed to Team Canada’s medal count, but perhaps even more than that, they inspired another generation of young Canadians to dream big, and participate in international sport.”

Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development –

“We are very proud of our local athletes that competed in the Olympic Games and I am thrilled that so many of them were able to realize their dreams of reaching the podium. This province came together over the past 16 days to cheer on our athletes and each and every one of them should be proud of their efforts on the world stage.”

Wendy Pattenden, CEO, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific –

“Rio 2016 proved to be a huge success for Canadian athletes and B.C.-supported athletes were a significant part of Canada’s improvement at these Games. With the generous support of the Province, B.C.-supported athletes have helped Team Canada surpass expectations, reaching their highest medal total since 1996 in Atlanta. The Canadian Sport Institute Pacific is extremely proud of all the athletes with whom we are fortunate enough to work with in the daily training environment, as well as our team of sport science and sport medicine experts.”

Quick Facts:

  • 314 athletes make up the Canadian Olympic Team.
  • 142 of these athletes have a B.C. connection.
  • 68 of them have their hometown in British Columbia.
  • In 2012:
    • Canadian athletes won 18 medals at the London Olympic Games: 1 gold, 5 silver, and 12 bronze.
    • 50% of the medals came from athletes with a connection to this province.

Learn More:

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