For two weeks from July 27 to August 12 Canadians watched and cheered Canadian athletes at the 2012 London Olympics. Canada was represented by more than 275 athletes who competed in 26 sports. More than 10,500 athletes, coaches and team officials from at least 200 countries participated in these Summer Olympic Games.
In the final tally, Canada won 18 Olympic medals at the 2012 games: 1 gold, 5 silver and 12 bronze. That's the same total number of Canadian medals won at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, but there was only one Canadian gold medal winner in London, compared to three in Beijing, and five silver medals compared to nine in Beijing.
Here are the Canadians who won Olympic medals in London, and the events in which they excelled.
Gold Medal Winner - Rosannagh MacLennan
Twenty-three-year-old Rosannagh MacLennan, who goes by the nickname "Rosie," won the only Canadian gold medal at the London 2012 Summer Olympics. From King City, Ontario, Rosie started on the trampoline at the age of seven, and began competing internationally at the age of 11. Her score of 57.305 in London was a personal best.
Silver Medal Winner - Ryan Cochrane
Men's 1500m Freestyle Swim
Victoria, B.C. swimmer Ryan Cochrane held off Tunisian Oussama Mellouli to win the silver medal in the 1500 freestyle swim with a time of 14 minutes 39.63 seconds, setting a Canadian record. It is Cochrane's second career Olympic medal. At the Beijing Olympics in 2008 he won the bronze in the same event.
Silver Medal Winner - Adam van Koeverden
Men's 1,000m Kayak
At the London Olympics, thirty-year old kayaker Adam van Koeverden won his fourth career Olympic medal, a silver to go with his silver from Beijing in 2008 and the gold and bronze he won in Athens in 2004. Van Koeverden began kayaking at the age of 13, and trains at the Burloak Canoe Club in Oakville, Ontario. He has a degree in kinesiology from McMaster University in Hamilton, and is an ambassador for the Right to Play organization, which uses sport and activity to help disadvantaged young people around the world.
Silver Medal Winner - Tonya Verbeek
Women's Wrestling 55 kg
Tonya Verbeek added her silver Olympic medal in wrestling at the London Olympics to the silver she won in Athens in 2004 and a bronze in Beijing in 2008. All three times the gold was won by Japan's Saori Yoshida. Just turning 35, Verbeek told reporters that the London Olympics was her last Olympics, although she does plan to compete in the world championships in the fall. Verbeek lives in Thorold, Ontario and has a Masters in Education from Brock University.
Silver Medal Winners - Men's Eight Rowing
Brian Price (coxswain),Malcolm Howard (team captain), Andrew Byrnes, Jerry Brown, Will Crothers, Rob Gibson, Conlin McCabe, Doug Csima, Gabe Bergen
Canada's Men's Eight Rowing Team went into the London Olympics as the defending Olympic champions, and came out with a hard-won silver medal. The Germans won gold with a time of 5:48.75, and the Canadians had a time of 5:49.98. Great Britain captured the bronze with a time of 5:51.18.
Silver Medal Winners - Women's Eight Rowing
Lesley Thompson-Willie (coxswain), Ashley Brzozowicz, Krista Guloien, Janine Hanson, Darcy Marquardt, Natalie Mastracci, Andréanne Morin, Rachelle Viinberg, Lauren Wilkinson
Although the Canadian Women's Eight Rowing Team didn't manage to beat the U.S. team which hadn't lost in six years, they did finish in a strong second position and won the silver medal. It is the first Olympic medal for all the Canadian crew members, except for coxswain Lesley Thompson-Willie. The 52-year old Thompson-Willie has won a medal in five different Olympic Games, including a gold at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. The Canadian Women's Eight Rowing Team trains in London, Ontario.
Bronze Medal Winner - Mark de Jonge
Men's 200m Kayak
Born in Calgary, Mark de Jonge lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He started kayaking in 1997. He first tried out for the Canadian Olympic team in 2008 when he was 24, but didn't make it. Since he's a natural sprinter, the addition of the 200m race to the 2012 Olympics made him try again. Not only did he qualify, he won a bronze medal at his first Olympics.
Bronze Medal Winner - Derek Drouin
Men's High Jump
In his first Olympics, 22-year-old Derek Drouin from Corunna, Ontario (near Sarnia) brought home a bronze medal in high jump. It is also Canada’s first Olympic high jump medal since 1976. Drouin jumped 2.29 metres, as did Great Britain’s Robert Grabarz and Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim. Grabarz and Essa also won bronze medals. First place and the gold medal went to Russia's Ivan Ukhov who cleared 2.38 metres, and the silver was won by American Erik Kynard who jumped 2.33 metres. Drouin studies kinesiology at Indiana University.
Bronze Medal Winners - Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benfeito
Women's Synchronized 10m Platform Diving
Twenty-five-year-old Roseline Filion from Laval, Quebec and 23-year-old Meaghen Benfeito from Montreal have known each other all their lives and trained together for seven years. In 2008 at the Beijing Olympics they finished seventh in this event, but at the London Olympics they made it to the podium for the bronze medal.
Bronze Medal Winner - Christine Girard
Women's Weightlifting 63kg Weight Class
Christine Girard grew up in Rouyn Noranda, Quebec and now lives in White Rock, British Columbia. This is her second Olympics, but her first Olympic medal. It is also the first time a Canadian woman has won an Olympic medal in weightlifting. A math teacher, and married to an RCMP officer, Girard moved with her husband when he was posted to B.C., and trained by herself in the garage, getting coaching over the phone and Internet. She still managed to improve by lifting eight kilograms over the 228 she lifted in Beijing in 2008.