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.
4-time Olympic medalist in Rio, @SwimmingCanada's @OleksiakPenny threw out a great ceremonial first pitch today! pic.twitter.com/8bdICIG0eL
— Blue Jays (@BlueJays) September 9, 2016
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.
.@OleksiakPenny out here for the coin toss today! #CFLGameDay pic.twitter.com/dUPgM0jjA6
— CFL (@CFL) September 11, 2016
@OleksiakPenny with the coin toss at tonight's game! ????????????#Argos #CFLGameDay pic.twitter.com/5Rm518hr9u
— Toronto Argonauts (@TorontoArgos) September 11, 2016
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.