Canada’s Penny Oleksiak in High-Demand After Rio

Penny Oleksiak of Canada has been making her rounds since winning four medals at the Rio Olympics. In the past three days she has thrown out the first pitch for the MLB’s Blue Jays and tossed the coin for a Canadian Football League (CFL) game between the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The six-foot-one 16-year-old—who won’t turn 17 until June 13th—won gold in the 100m Free in Olympic record time (in a tie with USA’s Simone Manuel), silver in the 100m Fly (ahead of USA’s Dana Vollmer), and two bronze medals in the 400 and 800 Free Relays. On account of her stellar swims, Oleksiak was honored as her nation’s flag bearer for the closing ceremonies. She is now Canada’s youngest Olympic champion, not to mention Canada’s only athlete to ever win four medals in the same Summer Olympics.

This past Friday, September 9th, Oleksiak threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Toronto Blue Jays. Although the Blue Jay’s Twitter account called her pitch “great,” there is no news for how it stacked up to Ledecky’s heater.

On Sunday, September 11th, Oleksiak changed professional sporting venues and opted for the football field. She flipped the coin before a CFL game between the Toronto Argonauts and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Oleksiak’s home team, the Argos, got the win 33-21.

After making these appearances, Oleksiak returned to high school at Monarch Park Collegiate Institute where she has just started Grade 11. She recently commented that she looks forward to getting back to her normal life.


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H20 Bruin

Congratulations Penny! She is Canada’s sweetheart.


Great sports family. Brother plays for Dallas Stars in NHL


Maybe she’ll be asked to drop the puck!

Kevin B

She seems to be enjoying all the new celebrity-life fun stuff, but still seems very-well grounded by her family and friends and comes across a typical (and cool) teenager still doing normal teen stuff. No need to burn her out now with swimming/training too much and robbing her of her teenage years, especially if she is expecting to swim through the next 2 Olympics. The good thing for her that she has got her Olympic medals early in her career, so she doesn’t have to feel any more pressure about winning her first Olympic medals. And I think her head is on so straight, so I don’t she won’t feel much pressure in having to defend. Expect her to become… Read more »


At the Australian Age Group 14-year-old championship, she won gold in the 100m and 200m freestyle, 100m and 200m butterfly, and the 200m individual medley, plus three silvers and two bronzes in individual events (at least one of those other medals was in backstroke). With her rate of improvement (more than 2 seconds faster in both the 100m free and 100m butterfly since the World Juniors in February, 2016), it’ll be exciting to see where she can go from here.

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