The Olympic flame was extinguished in Rio Sunday night, concluding 16 days of international competition.
Matching the Brazilian flair of the opening ceremonies, Olympians were seen dancing to samba-infused rhythms as they poured into the Maracana Stadium, waving their flags for the official closing ceremonies.
Toronto swimmer Penny Oleksiak was given the high honour of carrying the Canadian flag. The 16-year-old phenom won four medals, including Canada’s first gold of the games, making her Canada’s most decorated swimmer at a single Olympic games.
Canada’s performance at the 2016 Games in Rio has set a high bar for the 2020 Games in Tokyo, with our athletes claiming more medals than the Canadian Olympic Committee was expecting, and London athletes played a big part in that success.
Of the 314 athletes Canada sent to the Olympics, nine from London, along with another seven who had ties to the city. The Forest City sent more than our share of athletes to the games based on our population and they did well.
Damian Warner, Hillary Caldwell, Jesse Fleming, Shelina Zadorsky and Derek Drouin from nearby Corunna all won medals.
Warner became the first Canadian to win a medal in the decathlon since 1988. Fleming and Zadorsky also won bronze in soccer while Drouin won the gold in the high jump.
Going into the Olympics, Canadian officials were hoping for 19 medals and a top 12 finish. Canada ended up with a total of 22 medals and a 10th place finish.
The precious metal count includes four gold, three silver and 15 bronze medals. Canada was most dominant in the pool and track, winning six medals in each.
Markham’s Andrew De Grasse was the first Canadian to twin three sprint medals at a single Games, claiming one silver, and two bronze.
The United States led with 121 medals, including 46 gold.
The Canadian Olympic Committee awards bonus money to medalists of $20,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze, paying a total of $750,000 to Canadian athletes this year. Coaches are also rewarded, given half the rate of their athletes.
The largest single contributor to Canada’s Olympic teams are taxpayers, with the federal government giving $200 million in 2015 to support athletes and host international events for them.
The government program Own The Podium directs around $36 million of Sport Canada funding annually, based on medal potential to Olympic and Paralympic summer sport federations. An extra $6 million is earmarked for summer-team sport.
Up next, the Paralympic Games are scheduled for September 7th to 18th in Rio.
The next Summer Games will be hosted in Tokyo, Japan in 2020. Before then, the 2018 Winter Olympics are set to take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
With files from Devon Peacock.