Young-gun Penny Oleksiak is just days out from her first Olympic Games at 16-years-old where she’s the youngest member of the Canadian squad and will be competing in the most amount of events.
These Olympics won’t just be her first Games, they mark her first senior international competition, placing her in unchartered waters with competitors she’s never been up against.
“I have all the distractions that I need right now,” said Oleksiak. “It’s making it way less stressful and I’m thinking way less about Rio and how big it’s going to be.”
In the latest entry lists for the Games, Oleksiak was seeded eighth in the 100m freestyle and seventh in the 100m butterfly with the times she swam at Canadian Trials in April.
Since then, Oleksiak has been very close to her junior world record of 53.31 in the 100m freestyle. Since trials while in heavy training, Oleksiak has thrown down four sub 54-second swims in the 100 free.
At the Arena Pro Swim Series in Charlotte this past May, Oleksiak came very close to her Canadian record with a 53.41 performance. Heading into the Games, it’s all about getting faster.
“Whatever I can fix in the next 12 days I’m going to try to fix it and just getting ready to get to Rio,” said Oleksiak.
Oleksiak is currently fine-tuning and preparing for the Games at team Canada’s staging camp at her home pool in Toronto.
“I’m not really nervous at all right now,” said Oleksiak. “I think that the team’s really helping everyone and the support staff…just keeping it pretty light…nobodies really stressed right now.”