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2008 Beijing

2008 Beijing
  • Duration:
    August 8-August 24
  • Nations Participating:
    204 NOC's
  • Events:
  • Competing Athletes:
    10,904 (6,295 men, 4,609 women)
  • Canadian Competitors:
    334 (186 men, 146 women)

Games of the XXIX Olympiad

The Games of the XXIX Olympiad were China’s first as Olympic Games host and they featured a stunning Opening Ceremony and venues of unique, awe-inspiring design. They were also very successful for Canada.

Flag bearer Adam van Koeverden, a world and Olympic champion kayaker, led a Canadian Olympic Team of 334 athletes into one of the most unique Olympic Games in recent history. The goal, put forth by the COC, was for the Canadian Olympic Team to place in the top 16 countries by total medals. Thanks to a powerful surge in the second half of the Games, that mark was not only met but surpassed.

The Canadian Olympic Team finished 13th overall on the strength of 19 medals – three gold, nine silver and seven bronze. This surpasses the total from the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games, making it the 2nd best non-boycotted Games ever (Canada won 22 medals in Atlanta in 1996). It marks a distinct improvement from 19th place (12 medals) in Athens four years ago.

Olympic Oath (athletes): Yining Zhang (table tennis)

Olympic Oath (officials): Liping Huang (gymnastics)

Olympic Oath (coaches): None

Lighting Olympic Cauldron: Ning Li

Official Opening: The President of the Peoples Republic of China, Jintao Hu.

Canadian Medallists







GoldEric LamazeEquestrian - JumpingIndividual - Mixed -
GoldAndrew Byrnes, Kyle Hamilton, Malcolm Howard, Adam Kreek, Kevin Light, Brian Price, Benjamin Rutledge, Dominic Seiterle, Jacob WetzelRowingCoxed Eight - Men -
GoldCarol HuynhWrestling - Freestyle48kg - Women -
SilverEmilie HeymansAquatics - DivingPlatform 10m - Women -
SilverAlexandre DespatieAquatics - DivingSpringboard 3m - Men -
SilverAdam van KoeverdenCanoe-Kayak - SprintK-1 500m - Men -
SilverMalcolm Cone, Jill Henselwood, Eric Lamaze, Ian MillarEquestrian - JumpingTeam - Mixed -
SilverJason BurnettGymnastics - TrampolineMen -
SilverKaren CockburnGymnastics - TrampolineWomen -
SilverDavid Calder, Scott FrandsenRowingCoxless Pair - Men -
SilverKarine SergerieTaekwondo67kg - Women -
SilverSimon WhitfieldTriathlonMen -
BronzeRyan CochraneAquatics - SwimmingFreestyle 1,500m - Men -
BronzePriscilla Lopes-SchliepAthleticsHurdles 100m - Women -
BronzeThomas HallCanoe-Kayak - SprintC-1 1,000m - Men -
BronzeTracy Cameron, Melanie KokRowingLightweight Double Sculls - Women -
BronzeJonathan Beare, Iain Brambell, Mike Lewis, Daniel Liam ParsonsRowingLightweight Four - Men -
BronzeTonya VerbeekWrestling - Freestyle55kg - Women -
BronzeDylan ArmstrongAthleticsShot put - Men -
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