Antoine Valois-Fortier was a fresh face on the international scene when he won a bronze medal in the 81kg class while making his Olympic debut at London 2012. In doing so, he became the first Canadian judoka to earn an Olympic medal since the Sydney 2000 Games where his coach Nicolas Gill was a silver medallist.
Valérie Welsh made her Olympic Games debut in 2012 and was a member of the Synchronized Swimming team that finished in fourth place in London. Welsh announced her retirement after the London Games.
Jo-Annie Fortin made her Olympic Games debut in 2012 and was a member of the Synchronized Swimming team that finished in fourth place in London.
Richard Weinberger competed in his first Olympic Games in 2012 and captured bronze in the 10km men’s open water event.
Tory Nyhaug was just 20 when he made his Olympic debut at London 2012, Canada’s lone BMX racer to qualify for the Games. He was eliminated in the quarterfinals, ranking him 18th.
Anjelika Reznik made her Olympic Games debut at London 2012 where she was a member of the rhythmic gymnastics team that finished 11th in the group event.
Katrina Cameron made her Olympic Games debut in 2012 and competed on the rhythmic Gymnastics team that finished 11th in London.
François Imbeau-Dulac made his Olympic debut at London 2012 where he finished 13th in the men’s springboard event, missing the…
David Wright finished in 23rd place in the men’s laser one-person dinghy event in London 2012 while making his first Olympic Games appearance for Canada.
Kristina Vaculik competed at her first Olympic Games as part of the artistic gymnastics team that made the event final for the first time in Canadian history, finishing fifth.
In the past couple of years Joëlle Numainville has established herself as Canada’s top female road racer. In April 2012 she earned her first World Cup podium with a third place finish at the famed Tour of Flanders. She followed that up with a 12th place finish in the road race at her first Olympic Games in 2012.
Monica Peterson, a four-time Canadian National Champion, competed at the Olympic Games for the first time in her career and placed in the top-30 in the women’s foil event in London 2012.
2011 Pan Am Games gold medallist Toby Ng made his first appearance at an Olympic Games and competed in the badminton mixed doubles event at London 2012 with partner Grace Gao. The duo finished tied for 13th place.
Francois Coulombe-Fortier competed in his first Olympic Games at London 2012 and finished ninth in the men’s taekwondo +80kg division.
Sebastien Michaud competed at his second consecutive Olympic Games in 2012 and finished in 11th place in the men’s taekwondo 80kg division.
Pierre-Luc Hinse competed in his first Olympic Games in 2012. Individually, he finished 33rd in men’s singles and ninth in men’s team table tennis with Andre Ho and Eugene Wang.
Karine Thomas was a member of the 2012 Canadian Olympic synchronized swimming team that finished fourth in London.
In her Olympic debut, Zsofia Balazs competed as a 22-year-old and finished in 18th place in the 10km open-water Swimming event. She earned an Olympic berth for Canada by finishing sixth in the 10 km FINA Olympic marathon swimming qualifier in June.
Cory Niefer finished in 38th and 46th place in the 50m rifle prone and the 10m air rifle respectively in his first Olympic Games appearance at London 2012.
Dorothy Ludwig competed in her first Olympic Games in the women’s 10-metre air pistol and finished in 34th place at London 2012.