AP Photo/Anvar Ilyasov
AP Photo/Anvar Ilyasov

Linda Morais


Linda Morais punched her ticket for Paris 2024 at the final World Olympic Qualifier in Istanbul, Turkey in May 2024 where she captured the final spot for the women’s 68kg weight class. Morais competed in six matches in two days. In her final bout for third place and the Olympic spot, she scored an early four-point takedown en route to the victory. 

In 2019, Morais joined an elite group of Canadian women wrestlers when she won gold in the 59kg weight class at the UWW World Championships. Only four other Canadian women have won world titles in wrestling. Morais won 68kg bronze at the 2022 World Championships, a month after she captured silver at the Commonwealth Games. She had previously won 60kg bronze at the 2016 World Championships, her first time competing at the senior worlds.  

Morais just missed out on qualifying for Tokyo 2020. She won the women’s 57kg event at the Canadian Team Trials but came up short of earning a quota spot at the Pan Am and World Olympic Qualifiers.

A Little More About Linda

Getting into the Sport: Started wrestling at age 13… Her high school coach M. Tremblay made the sport fun and exciting and formed a tight knit group of athletes… Outside Interests: Has a Master’s in Education degree from the University of Montreal… Plans to pursue becoming a high school teacher when she retires from competition… Enjoys skiing, skating, hot yoga, having board game nights, and reading… Odds and Ends: Met 3-time Paralympic gold medallist Danielle Campo when she was little which inspired her Olympic dream, even though she didn’t then know what sport she would pursue… Also inspired by 3-time World Champion and 2-time Olympian Martine Dugrenier… Brings ketchup with her when she travels to countries that she knows won’t have Heinz… Brings home a bottle of local alcohol for her dad from every country she visits – the more authentic and nastier the taste, the better… Favourite motto: “I didn’t come this far to only come this far.”…

Notable International Results

Commonwealth Games: 2022 - SILVER

UWW World Championships: 2022 - BRONZE (68kg); 2021 - 7th (59kg); 2019 - GOLD (59kg); 2018 - 9th (59kg); 2017 - 7th (60kg); 2016 - BRONZE (60kg)

Pan American Championships: 2021 - SILVER (59kg); 2018 - 5th (62kg)

World University Championships: 2018 - GOLD (62kg); 2016 - GOLD (60kg)