A two-time Olympian, Carol Huynh reached the podium in both of her appearances, winning gold in the women’s 48kg division at Beijing 2008 before capturing bronze at London 2012. Huynh was also an 11-time national champion (2000-02, 2004-11), a two-time Pan American Games champion (Rio de Janeiro 2007, Guadalajara 2011), the 2010 Commonwealth Games champion and a four-time world championship medallist (silver in 2001, bronze in 2000, 2005 and 2010).
She retired from competitive wrestling after the 2012 Games and began coaching the junior program at the Calgary Dinos Wrestling Club. In September 2013, she was inducted to the United World Wrestling Hall of Fame. In early 2015 she was selected as a United World Wrestling Super 8 Ambassador for the global campaign focusing on the development of women in wrestling. She is also the President of the United World Wrestling Athletes Commission.
In addition to her sporting success, Huynh completed a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology through Athabasca University. The middle child of five siblings, Huynh was born in Hazelton, British Columbia. She was the first Canadian-born child after her family immigrated as refugees from Vietnam. Huynh was introduced to wrestling by her high school coach.