Canada made its first Summer Olympic appearance in 1900 and has competed ever since, with the exception of 1980 where it participated in the United States led boycott. They were the hosts of the 1976 Olympics held in Montreal. The nation typically sends one of the largest delegations of athletes to the Olympics with more than 200 appearing per games since 1972. The athletes compete in most sports held at the games, including various team sports.

Canada has won at least one medal at each Olympic games it has participated in. In total the nation has won 301 medals in 22 sports, including the defunct sport of lacrosse. Their most successful sports include aquatics (70 with 13 in diving, 49 in swimming, 8 in synchronized swimming), athletics (60), rowing (41) and canoeing (24). Canada’s most successful summer athletes are middle distance runner Phil Edwards (medals in 1928-1936) and rower Lesley Thompson (medals in 1984, 1992-2000 and 2012), with both winning five medals. Edwards won five bronze medals across three Olympics; two in men’s 800m, two in men’s 4x400m relay and one in men’s 1500m while Thompson won one silver medal in the women’s coxed four in 1984 and one gold, two silvers and one bronze in the women’s eight. In 2016 Canada won 22 medals, equalling its best performance at a non-boycotted games.

Qualified Quotas


Women’s Events

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Women’s Marathon Rachel Cliff


Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s Cross-Country Raphael Gagne


Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Women’s Laser Radial Sarah Douglas
Men’s Finn Tom Ramshaw


Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Women’s 10m Air Pistol Lynda Kiejko