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.
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.