Teresa Gabriele

Teresa Gabriele

Teresa Gabriele, a member of the Canadian women’s basketball team since 1998, made her second appearance at an Olympic Games in 2012 and helped Canada reach the quarter-finals for the first time in the basketball program’s history, finishing eighth.

Alexandre Despatie

Alexandre Despatie

Adam van Koeverden on Alexandre Despatie:
I first met Alex at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. I was 22 and he was 19. Despite being a little older than Alex, I felt like I was meeting a steely veteran. He was already a multiple-time World and Commonwealth Games champion, a household name in Canada, and he seemed to be wise beyond his years. Our first encounter was just a high five or something at the Closing Ceremony in Athens, but in the coming weeks as we attended post-Olympic events back in Canada, I got to know a guy who was thoughtful, intelligent and a lot of fun to hang out with. Sure, I’ve taken my last strokes and Alex has moved on from diving, but every time I run into him it’s like I’m seeing my brother, someone that I looked up to and admired in 2004, and always will.

David Calder

David Calder

A rowing veteran on the international scene, David Calder competed in his fourth consecutive Olympic Games in 2012. Calder and partner Scott Frandsen finished in sixth place in the men’s coxless pairs event in London.

Sherraine Schalm

Sherraine Schalm

When she retired in 2013, Sherraine Schalm did so as Canada’s most decorated fencer, having won two of the country’s…

Daniel Nestor

Daniel Nestor

Olympic gold medallist Daniel Nestor made his fifth consecutive appearance at the Olympic Games in 2012. In London he competed in the men’s doubles tournament with partner Vasek Pospisil. The duo finished in ninth place.

Richard Clarke

Richard Clarke

Richard Clarke made his fifth Olympic appearance at the London Games and his first in Star class and finished in 12th place with partner Tyler Bjorn.

Ian Millar

Ian Millar

At London 2012, Ian Millar set a record by becoming the first athlete in any sport, from any nation, to compete in 10 Olympic Games.

Lesley Thompson-Willie

Lesley Thompson-Willie

Lesley Thompson-Willie, from London, ON, is a legendary coxswain of the Canadian women’s eight rowing team. She won a silver medal at London 2012, making her a five-time Olympic medallist and seven-time Olympian.

Clara Hughes

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Clara Hughes

Clara Hughes, a dual-season Olympian, is the only athlete in history to win multiple medals at both the summer and winter Olympic Games. Her six career medals tie her as Canada’s most decorated Olympian.

Simon Whitfield

Simon Whitfield

Tyler Mislawchuk on Simon Whitfield: A four-time Olympian, an Olympic champion and an Opening Ceremony flag bearer are the results of being able to perform at the highest level on the day that it counts. I believe what Simon Whitfield did for Canadians through the sport of triathlon is incredible. His relentless pursuit of excellence was inspirational to Canadians in all walks of life. He exemplified that hard work and dedication make it possible to turn a dream into a reality, whatever those aspirations might be. Simon didn’t just talk about the relentless pursuit; he lived it, evidenced by his ability to remain at the top of his sport over two decades. I am extremely honoured to call Simon an incredible athlete, mentor and friend.

Émilie Heymans

Émilie Heymans

Jennifer Abel on Émilie Heymans: What I remember most about Émilie’s exceptional career is the positive influence she had on me and the generation of divers that followed in her footsteps. She left her mark on our sport not only through her impressive medal-winning performances at the Olympic Games and World Championships, but above all through her discipline, her strength of character and the aura she had every time she came to the pool. Émilie was always in tune and focused and that’s what made her an exceptional athlete.