With the year coming to a close, Olympic.ca will look back at 16 of the most memorable Team Canada stories of 2016. As a new “16 of ‘16” story is revealed daily, you can find the entire series here.

“We want to put Canadian sprinting on the map.”

Three-time Olympic medallist, Andre De Grasse stated these words after his first indoor competition of 2016 at the Millrose Games in New York.

At the time De Grasse had just officially become a professional athlete, following his 100m and 200m gold at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. Despite only taking sprinting seriously five years prior, the Canadian headed into Rio 2016 with big goals.

Andre De Grasse wins the 60m race at the 2016 Millrose Games in New York City on February 20, 2016 (Photo: Robert Lombardo).

Andre De Grasse wins the 60m race at the 2016 Millrose Games in New York City on February 20, 2016 (Photo: Robert Lombardo).

“It would be an honour to represent Canada. To go out there and bring back three medals,” De Grasse told Olympic.ca in February.

And that’s exactly what he did.

Jamaica's Usain Bolt sprints ahead of Canada's Andre de Grasse, left, and United States' Justin Gatlin in the men's 100-meter final during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Usain Bolt sprints leads Andre de Grasse and United States’ Justin Gatlin in the men’s 100-m final at Rio 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

De Grasse’s first medal came in the sport’s marquee event, the men’s 100m final. Lined up next to world class sprinters, the Canadian earned his first Olympic medal finishing third behind Jamaican sprinting legend Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin from the United States.

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After winning the nation’s first 100m medal since Donovan Bailey’s at Atlanta 1996, De Grasse gave Canada its first Olympic double podium in the 100m and 200m since Percy Williams did it at Amsterdam 1928. Climbing a step higher in the 200m, De Grasse finished behind Bolt and ahead of Christopher Lemaitre of France to win silver.

Andre De Grasse stands on men's 200m podium at Rio 2016 after winning silver. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Andre De Grasse stands on men’s 200m podium at Rio 2016 after winning silver. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

With two medals down, the 21-year-old was one away from reaching his goal, and fortunately for De Grasse he wasn’t the only Canadian with big Olympic dreams.

One of the greatest parts about the rise of Canadian sprinting in 2016, was its depth. In addition to De Grasse, Canada had a pool of talented sprinters in Rio.

Canada's men's 4x100m relay team consisting of Andre De Grasse, Aaron Brown, Akeem Haynes and Brendon Rodney after winning bronze in the 4x100 relay at the Rio Olympic Games on August 19, 2016. (photo/ Stephen Hosier)

Canada’s men’s 4x100m relay team consisting of Andre De Grasse, Aaron Brown, Akeem Haynes and Brendon Rodney after winning bronze in the 4×100 relay at the Rio Olympic Games on August 19, 2016. (photo/ Stephen Hosier)

London 2012 Olympian Aaron Brown became the fourth Canadian to dip below the exclusive 10-second mark two months before the Games. While Brendon Rodney showed his readiness for Rio at Athletics Canada’s Olympic trials, where he won the 200m breaking 20s for first time, beating both De Grasse and Brown in the process.

RELATED: Brown posts sub-10 time to join exclusive club

Donovan Bailey, Bruny Surin, Andre De Grasse and Aaron Brown are the four Canadians that have run a legal sub-10 second 100m as of June 13, 2016.

Donovan Bailey, Bruny Surin, Andre De Grasse and Aaron Brown are the four Canadians that have run a legal sub-10 second 100m as of June 13, 2016.

Brown and Rodney teamed up with Akeem Haynes and Bolade Ajomale at Rio 2016, to qualify for the 4x100m final. In an extremely close final where De Grasse replaced Ajomale, the Canadians crossed the line in fourth just outside of an Olympic medal.

Or so they thought.

After officials’ reviews, the United States was disqualified for violating baton exchange rules and Canada was upgraded to bronze for its third-ever Olympic medal in the event. The crew also took down the national record, set when Canada became the 4x100m Olympic champion at Atlanta 1996.

(L-R) Akeem Haynes Aaron Brown, Brendon Rodney and Andre De Grasse show off their 4x100m bronze medals at Rio 2016 on August 20, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

(L-R) Akeem Haynes Aaron Brown, Brendon Rodney and Andre De Grasse show off their 4x100m bronze medals at Rio 2016 on August 20, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

After nearly two decades of waiting, the young squad of 20 something year olds put Canada back among the best sprinting nations in the world.

Mission accomplished.

Next up, the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.