Team Canada athletes celebrate qualifying for Rio 2016
Qualifying for the Olympics is a big deal.
Check out what some of Team Canada’s athletes posted on social media when they realized they had qualified for Rio 2016.
Maxim Bouchard was named to Canada’s diving team by ranking sixth overall in the FINA World Series. Bouchard will be competing in the 10m diving competition.
Games veteran Ryan Cochrane will be leading a team of 26 swimmers. Cochrane previously competed in Beijing 2008 where he won bronze and in London 2012 where he won silver in 1500m freestyle. He’ll be going for gold during Rio.
Joseph Polossifakis has qualified for his first games and is headed to Rio 2016 for fencing. Polossifakis has had a very successful 2015 year, winning silver at the Pan Am Games and placing 5th overall in the Pan American Championships. He recently won gold at the Fencing Federation Event in London.
Nichelle Prince has been named to the national women’s soccer team and will be competing in her first Games. Prince was named to the TO2015 team but was unable to compete due to injury. The team won a historic bronze medal in London 2012 and will be looking to better that in Rio.
Kirsten Sweetland will be headed to Rio to compete in triathlon. This is Sweetland’s debut Games as she fell short of qualifying for both Beijing and London. Sweetland will be leading a young team of triathletes who will also be making their debuts at Rio 2016.
Tory Nyhaug is headed to his second Games after competing in BMX racing in London 2012. Nyhaug opened his 2016 season with three straight time trial wins at the first three World Cup events and is ready to take the stage at Rio.
Sergio Pessoa is a second-generation Olympian returning to the Games for judo. Pessoa competed in London 2012, placing 17th, which came after winning silver at the 2012 Pan American Championships. In 2015 he won silver at the Asian Open Taipei World Cup and recently won silver at the the 2016 Pan American Championships.
Tim Schrijver will be making his Olympic debut this year, taking part in the men’s coxless four alongside Kai Langerfeld and Olympic veterans Conlin McCabe and Will Crothers. Schrijver has been a dominant force during his career, helping Canada win gold during TO2015 for the four and eight men boats. Schrijver did not compete in the World Cup this year in order to preserve himself for Rio 2016.
Triathlete Tyler Mislawchuck will be headed to his first Olympic Games. After taking two 10th finish places in his first three World Triathlon Series starts in 2016, Mislawchuck is ready to take on Rio.
2014 Commonwealth Games champion Erica Wiebe has qualified for Rio 2016 and will competing in 75 kg wrestling. Wiebe will be going to Rio with a full team of six women wrestlers. Canada is the first country to qualify a full women’s team.