Team Canada Rewind is a video series in which some of Canada’s greatest Olympians narrate their greatest Olympic performances.
In this series, you will get the chance to relive some amazing moments in Canadian sport, through the eyes and mind of the athletes themselves. Using picture-in-picture, Team Canada fans have the chance to re-experience these exceptional performances along with the athletes.
Among the athletes featured in Team Canada Rewind are Olympic champions Kyle Shewfelt, Mark Tewksbury, Bruny Surin, and Erica Wiebe. Check back every two weeks as we share these iconic Team Canada Rewind moments.
Mark Tewksbury, Swimming (Barcelona 1992)
“In my head, I was saying, “go now, go now”.
Mark Tewksbury made his Olympic debut at Seoul 1988 with a strong fifth-place showing in the 100m backstroke.
Over the next few years, Tewksbury established himself as a podium performer in that event, including silver medals at the Pan Pacific and World Championships in 1991, where he finished behind American Jeff Rouse both times.
Heading into the 1992 Olympic Games, Rouse was heavily favoured to take home the gold, after setting the world record of 53.93 seconds in August 1991 at the Pan Pacs under a new rule that didn’t require a hand touch at the turn.
Tewksbury’s personal best was just 55.19s, 1.7 seconds slower than Rouse’s world record.
Rouse started the race as expected and had the lead at the turn, but Tewksbury came back to out-touch Rouse at the wall and won the gold medal by 0.06 of a second. In the process, he set an Olympic record of 53.98s.
Kyle Shewfelt, Artistic Gymnastics (Athens 2004)
“As I stepped onto the floor, I said, “make it happen”.
At the 2003 World Championships, Kyle Shewfelt won the bronze medal on floor exercise, finishing behind co-gold medallists, American Paul Hamm and Bulgarian Yordan Yovchev.
With both those men, as well as two-time world champion Marian Drăgulescu of Romania in the eight-man Olympic final, Shewfelt would need to be at his best to win Canada’s first ever Olympic medal in artistic gymnastics.
Drăgulescu had been the top qualifier, which he followed up with a score of 9.787 in the final. To many it looked unassailable. But then Shewfelt took to the floor with his trademark elegance and style.
Shewfelt’s performance was exceptional and he tied Drăgulescu’s score. After a complex tie-breaker system was used, Shewfelt was awarded his Olympic gold medal.