Twelve B.C. athletes bring home medals from Olympics

A total of 142 athletes with a connection to B.C. competed at the Games in 18 different sports

Twelve athletes from British Columbia are bringing home eight medals from the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games, including team medals in sports such as swimming, soccer, cycling, rugby and rowing.

A total of 142 athletes with a connection to B.C. competed at the Games in 18 different sports. Of those, provincially-affiliated athletes earned 50 per cent of the Canadian Olympic Team’s total medal count: one gold, one silver and nine bronze medals.

Athletes from British Columbia who earned medals at the Games include (in chronological order of achievement):

* Taylor Ruck, Kelowna – swimming – bronze x2

* Kayla Moleschi, Williams Lake – rugby – bronze

* Emily Overholt, Vancouver – swimming – bronze

* Lindsay Jennerich, Victoria – rowing – silver

* Patricia Obee, Victoria – rowing – silver

* Hilary Caldwell, White Rock – swimming – bronze

* Laura Brown, Vancouver – cycling, track – bronze

* Jasmin Glaesser, Vancouver – cycling, track – bronze

* Georgia Simmerling, West Vancouver – cycling, track – bronze

* Sophie Schmidt, Abbotsford – women’s football (soccer) – bronze

* Christine Sinclair, Burnaby – women’s football (soccer) – bronze

* Catharine Pendrel, Kamloops – women’s mountain bike – bronze

In total, Canada won 22 medals: four gold, three silver, and 15 bronze.

Quick Facts:

* 314 athletes make up the Canadian Olympic Team.

* 142 of these athletes have a B.C. connection.

* 68 of them have their hometown in British Columbia.

In 2012 Canadian athletes won 18 medals at the London Olympic Games: one gold, five silver, and 12 bronze.

* Fifty per cent per cent of the medals came from athletes with a connection to this province.

Athletes from British Columbia will represent Canada at the Rio 2016  Paralympic Summer Games from Sept. 7-18.