Ontario Athletes Propel Canada to a Record Medal Haul at 2018 PyeongChang Olympics
Ontario Athletes Win Eight Medals in Team and Pair Events
Ontario is celebrating the outstanding achievements of its athletes who helped Canada earn a new national medal record at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, with Ontario athletes winning eight medals in team and pair events, out of 29 medals for Team Canada.
This year, 70 Ontario athletes were part of the largest Canadian team ever to be sent to a Winter Olympics -- competing in 10 of 15 sports in PyeongChang, South Korea. In total, 28 Ontario athletes reached the highest level of their sport by securing a spot on the Olympic podium for Team Canada. Ontario athletes who represented Canada on the world stage and won top honours include:
- Tessa Virtue from London and Scott Moir from Ilderton won two gold medals in figure skating, making them the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history.
- Six out of the seven athletes on Canada's gold winning figure skating team are from Ontario including Patrick Chan, Gabrielle Daleman, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.
- John Morris from Ottawa took home gold in curling mixed doubles, while Meagan Duhamel from Lively and Eric Radford from Balmertown added to their medal count with a bronze medal in pairs figure skating.
- Eleven out of the 23 athletes on the silver medal winning women's hockey team are from Ontario including Meghan Agosta, Renata Fast, Laura Fortino, Haley Irwin, Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston, Geneviève Lacasse, Sarah Nurse, Natalie Spooner, Laura Stacey and Jennifer Wakefield.
- Eight out of the 25 athletes on the bronze winning men's hockey team are from Ontario including Cody Goloubef, Chris Kelly, Chris Lee, Eric O'Dell, Justin Peters, Derek Roy, Christian Thomas and Wojtek Wolski.
- Phylicia George from Markham won bronze in women's bobsleigh, and Alex Kopacz from London won gold in two-man bobsleigh.
The province's Quest for Gold program supports over 1,300 athletes from over 50 sports, while also supporting programs that enhance coaching and training to help athletes reach their full potential. Eighteen athletes who won medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics are Quest for Gold recipients.
Supporting amateur athletes is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- Team Canada won 11 gold, 8 silver and 10 bronze medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
- Top Paralympic athletes from Ontario will represent Canada at the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games from March 9 to March 18, 2018.
- Since 2006, Quest for Gold has provided over $120 million in funding to support athletes, coaches and high performance programming.
- Since the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics, Ontario’s representation on Team Canada has increased from 19 per cent to 31 per cent at these 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
- Supporting high performance athletes to pursue excellence is a key priority of Game ON The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan which is building a world class amateur sport system from playground to podium.
“Behind every Olympic athlete is a personal team of parents, coaches and friends who make incredible sacrifices to help them reach the highest level in their sport. But every four years, our athletes have an entire country behind them. That was certainly the case this February in PyeongChang. It was a thrill to watch, cheer and be inspired by Team Canada. I want to thank them all and send a big congratulations to the Ontario athletes who dug deep to give us their best. Whether you landed on the podium or not, we are proud of the way you represented our province.”
“My congratulations to Team Canada and our Ontario athletes. What an outstanding performance! Once again, Ontario athletes demonstrated to the world that Canada is home to the best and the most exceptional athletes. Ontario is delighted to support our Olympians at PyeongChang. You inspire all of us to reach beyond what is possible to what is incredible. See you at the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games!”