Though Canada’s Olympic team could have featured more event entries with less strict selection standards, almost half of our poll respondents expressed support for Canada’s selection criteria.
Let’s take a look at what the women’s Olympic relay landscape looks like now that we’re 100 days away from Rio’s Opening Ceremony.
Famed Canadian Paralympic swimmer Stephanie Dixon is one of the seven inductees into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Canada’s High Performance Director John Atkinson has a full roster for the 2016 Olympic Games that he’s happy with moving forward as the games approach.
Hilary Caldwell waited until the last day of the 2016 Canadian Olympic Trials in order to make the team, securing her spot with a first place finish in the 200m backstroke.
Dominique Bouchard made her mark on the backstroke events last week at the 2016 Canadian Olympic Trials, finishing second in both the 100 and 200 and solidifying her spot on Canada’s Olympic team.
Chantal Van Landeghem had a very successful run at the 2016 Canadian Olympic Trials which qualified her to compete at her first Olympic Games ever.
Sandrine Mainville was one of the five High Performance Centre – Ontario athletes who qualified to compete for Canada at the 2016 Canadian Olympic Games last week at the Canadian Olympic Trials.
Penny Oleksiak had a breakthrough meet at the 2016 Canadian Olympic Trials last week, qualifying for her first Olympic team at just 15-years-old.
Ryan Cochrane secured his spot on the Canadian Olympic team that will compete in Rio this summer with a first place finish in both the 400 and 1500m freestyles.
Kierra Smith won both breaststroke races and punched her ticket to Rio after taking the year off from the University of Minnesota to pursue her Olympic dreams.
London 2012 Olympian Martha McCabe will be heading back to the Olympics to compete at her second Games this summer in Rio.
Kierra Smith qualified for the 2016 Canadian Olympic team in two individual events: the 100 and 200m breaststrokes and will also likely be taking the reign on Canada’s 4x100m medley relay.
With a little bit more speed and some more improvement off the flying starts it’s likely they could get into the 3:33-high range come Rio which would make them one of the best teams worldwide.