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10 Incredible Canadian Olympians Under 25


With 21-year-old, Andre De Grasse, poised to break out on the Olympic scene and 16-year-old, Penny Oleksiak, having one of the better Canadian Olympic performances of all-time, we put together a list of ten of Canada’s top Olympic athletes who are under 25 years of age and competing at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio.


Andre De Grasse

Age: 21
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Sport: 100m, 200m, 4×100 relay
Known For: Fastest Canadian in any conditions



You may have heard the story already; Andre De Grasse began competitive sprinting in grade 11 and won his competitive race in basketball shorts – with no starting blocks. Yeah, this 21-year-old Torontonian is fast. While Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin will prove to be tough competition, De Grasse won double gold at the Pan-Am games, is the first Canadian to break the 10-second barrier since Donovan Bailey, and is the fastest Canadian ever in any conditions…so there’s a chance.


Penny Oleksiak

Age: 16
Toronto, ON
Sport: Swimming
Known For: Has provided one of the best Olympic showings in Canadian history


Me and my girlss💖 #relaytmrw #soexcited

A photo posted by Penny Oleksiak (@typicalpen) on


So far, Penny Oleksiak has had the best showing of any Canadian athlete in the Olympic Games. Having won gold and tying the Olympic record in the 100-metre freestyle, and winning three other medals in the pool, it might be a performance that’s hard to top.


Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware

Age: 24 and 23
Hometown: Laval, QC and Greenfield Park, QC
Sport: Diving
Known For: Olympic bronze at London 2012 Summer Games


Sooooo how did you guys like our opening ceremonies outfit made by @dsquared2? I think we looked awesome 😍

A video posted by Jennifer Abel (@jennabel91) on


Jennifer Abel won the bronze in three-metre synchronized diving in London four years ago and has scooped hardware at the Worlds in the solo categories. Meanwhile, Pamela Ware has shown a lot of promise and will make her Olympic debut alongside Abel on the dive boards in Rio.


Kia Nurse

Age: 20
 Hamilton, ON
Sport: Basketball
Known For: Star point guard for Canadian Women’s National  basketball team


just another day of fun with that piece of leather filled with air 📸: @doncharleone

A photo posted by kia nurse (@kianurse) on


If you didn’t know it, the Canadian women’s national basketball team can ball. Kia Nurse is the 20-year-old, six-foot point guard that drained 33-points spurring team Canada on to a historic upset over the U.S. at the Pan Am Games last summer. She’ll have to be at her best if they hope to repeat the performance.


Brooke Henderson

Age: 18
 Smith Falls, ON
Sport: Golf
Known For: Currently ranked third on the LPGA Tour



A threat to win each and every time she steps on the course, this Canadian prodigy has won majors on the LPGA and will be a favourite to win gold for Canada in Rio.


Ellie Black

Age: 18
 Halifax, NS
Sport: Gymnastics
Known For: Highest place finish for a Canadian gymnast in women’s all-around at the Olympics


Never been more proud to have the maple leaf on my chest 🇨🇦❤️ #5thintheworld #teamcanada #roadtorio

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Ellie competed in the 2016 Olympic Games, qualifying for the individual all-around where she finished in 5th place. This is the highest place finish for a Canadian gymnast in the women’s All-Around at the Olympic Games.


Javier Acevedo

Age: 18
Toronto, ON
Sport: Swimming
Known For: One of Canada’s best backstroke swimmers



At only 18 years of age, Javier Acevedo is only at the beginning of his Olympic career and could easily create an upset in the pools at Rio.


Martin Giuffre

Age: 25
Calgary, AB
Sport: Badminton
Known For: Pan American Junior Champion in 2008



Martin Giuffre dropped the iconic Canadian sport of hockey at the age of 13 to pursue badminton full-stop. At only 25 years of age, this Calgarian may be a dark-horse in badminton but one worth watching.


Shawn Barber

Age: 22
Toronto, ON
Sport: Pole Vault
Known For: Reigning world champion in pole vault


The #rio2016 pole vault squad. 🇨🇦

A photo posted by Shawn (@vaultbarber) on


This 22-year-old is currently the world champion in pole vault and a favourite to win gold at Rio. Holding the NCAA Collegiate Indoor Record at 5.91m, we’re going to be sure to tune into his performance.


Emily Overholt

Age: 18
Vancouver, BC
Sport: Swimming
Known For: Bronze medal at the 2013 FINA World Junior Championships



Despite a hamstring injury, Overholt qualified for the 2016 Olympic 400m medley final in which she finished fifth. Due to an injury to Brittany MacLean, Overholt filled in on the Women’s 4 x 200 m relay helping the team win an Olympic bronze medal.



Have a hometown hero you’re excited to watch at the Rio Summer Olympics? Let us know in the comments below.

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