The Olympic Games were scheduled to take place in Tokyo in 2020, but has been postponed until 2021 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. At the last Olympics, female Olympians were awarded 16 of the 22 medals for Canada and next year is likely to be another year of girl power with the highest level of female participation recorded to date. So without further ado, here are the top ten female Olympians from Canada to lookout for at next year’s Olympic Games.
Tokyo will mark the inspirational, 24-year-old point guard’s second Olympic appearance. Nurse participates at a club level as well, she became the first non-Australian to be named the WNBL’s MVP and has joined a prestigious trio of Canadian players to have played in the WNBA All-Star game.
While Nurse is patriotic and is glad to bring the Maple Leaf pride, she is also the niece of Former Eagles Quarterback, Donovan Mcnabb, who was well known for his ambitious nature. Nurse seems to have inherited this go-getting attitude which makes her a formidable opponent.
When it comes to female aquatic athletes, Canada is not pressed for choice. It seems that the female swimmers from this country have all achieved amazing feats, making them serious contenders for the gold at the next Olympic Games.
Kylie Masse achieved Bronze in Rio but the24-year-old is in serious form for the coming games, having defended her World Championship title in the 100-meter backstroke recently, making this wonder woman the first Canadian to achieve this.
Maggie MacNeil formed part of an epic relay team in the last Games where her solo effort resulting in Gold for the 100-meter butterfly didn’t go unnoticed. McNeil is also one of two female Canadians to hold a world title and is certainly one to watch out for if she qualifies for Japan.
Taylor Ruck is yet another athlete to watch out for as she won two Bronze medals at the tender age of 16 in Rio.
Penny Oleksiak is our last, and arguably most exciting, swimmer of this golden age. Oleksiak is the youngest Canadian to ever win a Gold medal at the games as well as the only Canadian to win four medals at one summer games. If Penny should win three medals in Tokyo, and considering her form, it’s a huge possibility, she will become the most decorated Canadian Olympian in history.
While there are so many swimmers to contend with, that does not mean that Canada does not feature some other leading Olympians to do the Maple Leaf proud.
For golf, there is Brooke Henderson, the youngest KPMG Women’s PGA Championship winner at the age of 18.
Laurence Vincent-Lapointe is a canoeing star who has had a rough year but still shows great promise for the Tokyo Olympics that will include women’s canoeing for the first time.
In wrestling, there is Erica Wiebe, who bagged Gold at two Commonwealth Games and won a Gold medal in Rio, which was her Olympic debut.
The female Olympic team features Rosie MacLennan for Olympics and Christine Sinclair for soccer, which means that the female power for this coming Olympics is off the charts.