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.
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.
The Olympic Games returned home to Greece as Canada sent a contingent of 265 athletes to compete in 27 of 32 sports. Canada sent a total of 133 women and 132 men, making it and China the only countries with more female athletes than male in the past three Olympic Games. Canadian athletes captured 12 medals in eight sports – three gold, six silver and three bronze medals.
The Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games saw the expansion of the Olympic program to 78 events with the inclusion of skeleton and women’s bobsleigh. Canada also fielded its largest team to date with 157 athletes and took home their largest medal haul ever with 17 – seven gold, three silver and seven bronze.