The Canadian Women continue the trend from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as they generated the first nine Olympic medals in Japan. Female athletes gathered the first 12 medals in Rio and accounted for 16 out of the total 22 medals won there. They set a fast pace in Tokyo by getting nine medals in the first four days following the Olympic opening ceremony.
The swimmer Maggie Mac Neil from London, Ontario, and weightlifter Maude Charron from Rimouski, Quebec, won the first two gold medals for Canada. The Canadian Olympic team in Japan is comprised of 371 athletes, 226 of them being women. A Canadian, men’s rower Will Crothers said, “We’ve just got badass chicks.”
Canada has a more progressive attitude towards women in sport compared to other countries in the world, said the team’s chef de mission in Tokyo. Marnie McBean added “We are also from a culture that values equality… Increasingly, we’re giving ice time and field time and court time more equally.”
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