XX Olympic Winter Games
Canada’s contingent of 196 athletes (110 men, 86 women) in Turin represented the largest Canadian team ever sent to the Olympic Winter Games and the second largest team at the Games, behind only the United States of America with 211 athletes. The team achieved a best ever performance for Canada at an Olympic Winter Games and achieved the goal of a top three finish by placing third overall in the medal count with 24 medals after 16 days of competition, including seven gold, 10 silver and seven bronze medals.
On the first day of competition, Jennifer Heil (freestyle skiing) won the first-ever medal for Canada in the women’s moguls, and became the first Canadian woman to win a gold medal in freestyle skiing.
Canada won a total of eight medals in long track speed skating – two gold, four silver and two bronze. This is a record for most medals won in a single Olympic Winter Games by a single sport for Canada. Cindy Klassen became Canada’s most decorated Olympian ever by winning five medals at these Games to add to her previous medal won in 2002.
Canada won a total of four medals in short track speed skating with two athletes won multiple medals: Anouk Leblanc-Boucher (two) and François-Louis Tremblay (two).
Men’s curling won gold while women’s curling captured bronze. Since 1998, Canada has won medals in both events at every Olympic Winter Games – the only country to accomplish this feat.
The Canadian women’s hockey team successfully defended its gold medal from 2002. The team has won medals in three consecutive Games.
Olympic Oath (athletes): Giorgio Rocca (alpine skiing)
Olympic Oath (officials): Fabio Bianchetti (figure skating)
Lighting Olympic Cauldron: Stefania Belmondo
Official Opening: President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi