Canada sent its largest ever Winter Olympic team of 222 athletes to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and captured 25 medals to make it the country’s most successful Winter Games ever on foreign soil. Among the highlights were a Canadian record of four double podiums (all in freestyle skiing), including a trio of gold-silver finishes in men’s moguls, ladies’ moguls and ladies’ ski cross.
In 2012 London became the first city to host the Olympic Games three times, following 1908 and 1948. Canada came home with a total of 18 medals, but only one of them was gold thanks to Rosie MacLennan in women’s trampoline.
Vancouver became Canada’s third Olympic host city after winning the vote on the second ballot over PyeongChang, South Korea. But unlike the first two times the Olympic Games came to Canada when the host nation went without a gold medal, this time there were a record number of trips to the top of the podium. Canada’s 14 gold medals were the most ever won by one country at a Winter Games while the 26 total medals was a Canadian high.
The 2008 Olympic Games were the first to be held in China and there was no holding back on the pomp and splendor. The torch relay was the most international in Olympic history, as the flame travelled to every continent as well as the peak of Mount Everest. The awe-inspiring Opening Ceremony has been commonly called the most spectacular ever, featuring more than 15,000 performers. Canadian athletes won 19 medals, making it the country’s second-best non-boycotted summer Games ever behind the 22 won at Atlanta 1996.
History will be made in 2016 when Rio de Janeiro, Brazil hosts the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, marking the first time that a South American country will welcome the world to an Olympic Games. It is also just the third time that the Games will be held in the southern hemisphere, following Melbourne 1956 and Sydney 2000.