109 individual athletes have won medals with eight of those athletes winning more than one medal.
68 athletes won the 26 gold medals in Vancouver and heard O Canada at a home Olympics. I was lucky enough to be in the crowd when we won our first one.
It's easy to compare the 5 medals at the 1988 Olympics to the 26 medals in 2010 and think that our Olympians are that much better but in a previous blog post, I compared the 1988 Olympics with the 2014 Olympics results. What I found is that the Olympics have changed, not necessarily our performance.
If the 2014 Olympics only had the 1988 sports, Canada would have won 5 medals - 3 silver and 2 bronze. At least at the 2010 Olympics, we would have had two gold medals on home soil. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir in figure skating and Christina Nesbitt in speed skating would have heard our national anthem on home soil. In total, the 2010 team would have won seven medals in the 1988 sports. You can read my full blog post here.
So here's to the Canadian Olympians who reached the podium at home.
1976 Montreal Olympics: 11 medals
- Greg Joy - Athletics, High Jump
- John Wood - Canoeing, C-1 500m
- Michel Vaillancourt - Equestrian, Individual Jumping Grand Prix
- Cheryl Gibson - Swimming, 400m Individual Medley
- Stephen Pickell, Graham Smith, Clay Evans, Gary MacDonald - Swimming, 4x100m Medley Relay
- Nancy Garapick - Swimming, 100m Backstroke
- Nancy Garapick - Swimming, 200m Backstroke
- Shannon Smith - Swimming, 400m Freestyle
- Becky Smith - Swimming, 400m Individual Medley
- Gail Amundrud, Barbara Clark, Becky Smith, Anne Jardin - Swimming, 4x100m Freestyle Relay
- Wendy Cook, Robin Corsiglia, Susan (Smith) Kelsey, Anne Jardin - Women's 4x100m Medley Relay
- Brian Orser - Figure Skating
- Elizabeth Manley - Figure Skating
- Karen Percy - Alpine Skiing, Downhill
- Karen Percy - Alpine Skiing, Super-G
- Tracy Wilson, Robert McCall - Figure Skating, Ice Dancing