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.
For the first time ever, the Canadian team of 307 athletes was comprised of more women than men – 154 women to 153 men. Canada’s 21 medals (3 gold, 10 silver, 8 bronze) in nine sports was a best-ever medal total in a non-boycotted Olympic Games.
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.