Canadian seven-time Olympic medalist Penny Oleksiak threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Toronto Blue Jays game on Sept. 18.
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Later on during Saturday’s game, Oleksiak discussed what it was like training for the Olympics through the pandemic.
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Oleksiak previously threw out the Blue Jays’ first pitch in September 2016 after the Rio Games. A number of American Olympic swimmers have thrown out MLB first pitches in recent years, including Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps, Ryan Murphy, Conor Dwyer, Cullen Jones, Kelsi Dahlia, Connor Jaeger and Zach Apple.
The 21-year-old Oleksiak is now Canada’s most decorated Olympian. She surpassed speed skaters Cindy Klassen and Clara Hughes, who each had six Olympic medals (Hughes also competed in cycling), and sprinter Andre De Grasse also reached six medals in Tokyo. Oleksiak won four medals at the 2016 Olympics, including tying Simone Manuel for gold in the 100-meter freestyle, then picked up three more medals in Tokyo. Her other individual medals include silver in the 100 fly in Rio and bronze in the 200 free this year.
Oleksiak comes from a sporty family. She’s the youngest of five siblings including Jamie Oleksiak, an NHL defenseman who was recently selected by the Seattle Kraken in the 2021 Expansion Draft. Multiple other siblings played collegiate sports, as did her father, and her mother set age-group swimming records in Scotland.