||Alex Bauman - Son of immigrants excelled in the difficult individual
medley swimming events, winning Olympic and Commonwealth gold. He shook off chronic shoulder pain
and the deaths of his father and brother just prior to the 1984 Los Angeles games to capture gold twice
in both the 200 and 400 metre medley. Oh yeah, he set two world records.
||Ben Johnson - Fastest man of all time. Set record of 9.79 seconds for 100m,
only to have that and his gold medal stripped for testing positive for drugs. As test was rigged, and
everybody else was thought to be on drugs, those in the world of track and field still regard his
performance as the fastest a human has ever run. ">Ben Johnson - Fastest man of all time. Set record
of 9.79 seconds for 100m, only to have that and his gold medal stripped for testing positive for drugs.
As test was rigged, and everybody else was thought to be on drugs, those in the world of track and
field still regard his performance as the fastest a human has ever run.
||Best horse to ever compete for Canada. A legend in the equestrian world.
||Bobby Orr - Regarded as the greatest player ever. Completely changed the way
defense was played. Only won two Stanley Cups, but every other award he could possibly win, including
the only defenseman to win the scoring title. Career cut way short by knee injuries, he managed to play
his best hockey at the 1976 Canada Cup.
|Catriona Lemay Doan
||Catriona Lemay-Doan - Dominated women's speed-skating sprints for a number of
years. Endless wins and world records in world cups and championships, as well as delivering in the
||snooker champion. I heard his name often…only found out he was Canadian
||Donovan Bailey - Canada's fastest man that never tested positive for
drugs. Current holder of 100m record for Olympics, winning gold for the 100 metre in Atlanta in
1996. Anchored Canada to 4x100m relay over Americans in same games. (See story
below). ">Donovan Bailey - Canada's fastest man that never tested positive for drugs. Current
holder of 100m record for Olympics, winning gold for the 100 metre in Atlanta in 1996.
Anchored Canada to 4x100m relay over Americans in same games. (See story
||Elvis Stojko - 3 time world champion figure skater, won silver medal in
Olympics after being ripped off for the gold because his routine was too innovative for the stodgy
judges. Won second silver medal on a ripped up groin and when sick. Made figure skating about athletics
as much as artistry (in a word: less gay).
||Hall of Fame baseball pitcher
||Gaetan Boucher - double gold medalist in 1984 winter olympic speed skating
events. Small town French boy makes good, beats the top skaters from the big skating nations like
Netherlands and Germany.
||boxer, actor, the only boxer Muhammad Ali couldn't knock down.
||Gordie Howe - "Mr.Hockey", longevity and consistency were his
hallmarks, coming out of retirement to play a final year of pro hockey with his sons, when he was
||Indy Car driver
||Guy Lafleur - "The Flower" - multiple NHL scoring
champ and MVP, top international player, hall of famer who came out of retirement after 3
years to be the top player on his team. the most electrifying player of all
||racecar driver, father of Gilles Villeneuve, also a racecar driver
||invented basketball, 1892
||Jean Beliveau - Known for exceptional class and grace, led Canadiens teams to
10 stanley cups, the link between Richard and Lafleur, and continues to do promotional work for the
Canadiens to this day
||First man to sail solo around the world, known as "America's greatest
||Goalie for Montreal Canadians, author, lawyer, now an MP
||Kurt Browning - 4 time world champion figure skater, first guy to do the
"quad" in competition, all around nice guy (met him in Edmonton once when he was filming a
commercial on the ice just before a hockey tryout).
||swam Lake Ontario, English Channel
||Mario Lemieux - pressure to be the next Gretzky or Lafleur from the time he
was 14, he lived up to and managed to exceed all expectations, leading the last placed Penguins to two
stanley cups in the first half of his career. Only injuries kept him from breaking all of Gretzky's
records. Excelled in international play, leading Canada to gold medal in 2002 Olympics. Now owns the
team he plays for.
||Mark "Moose" Messier - the ultimate team captain, was Gretzky's
right hand man until the Gretzky trade, then became the top guy. Classic hockey style of speed,
physical play, and consumate skill.
||My personal hero. Was goalie for 84 Olympics when Canada beat USA.
||Gold medal in Grenoble Olympics, Giant Slalom
||goalie, and a good one
||race car driver
||did a complete world tour in a wheel chair, to raise money for charity.
"Man in Motion".
||Rocket Richard - Purest goal scorer ever, and possibly the most intense player
of all time. Unjust suspension for the entire playoffs cost the Canadiens the Stanley cup one year. Fan
anger turned into famous St.Patrick's Day riot. First to score 50 goals in 50 games, first to score 50
goals in a season, was part of 5 cups in a row Canadiens team of the 1950's.
||Indy Car driver
||Simon Whitfield - Won first ever Olympic Triathlon. Continued to lead world in
this demanding sport. Update 2008: In the Beijing Olympics Simon was in the chase pack just before the
last lap of the 10K running event. He moved up to the 3 leaders so that there were 4 with 1 lap to
go. As they came around the final turn in front of the
grandstand he was about 10 meters behind when he took off his visor, said to himself, "it's time
to go", and hit the retros to not only catch up to the front leaders, but pass them With 200 meters to go, the German competitor took on the challenge and
bested Simon for the gold. Mr. Whitfield won the
||Steve Bauer - Only Canadian to wear the yellow leader jersey in Tour de France
cycling event. Wore it for 9 days. Won silver medal in 1984 Olympic road race (lost sprint by photo
||Steve Nash - Best Canadian basketball player. Led Canada further than anyone
expected in last Olympics, nearly led his team the Mavericks to the NBA championship. Won NBA
trophy for most valuable player.
||Terry Fox (he became famous through running) - Ran across Canada in support of
cancer research. Had one leg, and was dying of cancer all during run. Died before finishing.
||Wayne Gretzky - lead the offensive revolution of hockey through the 1980's,
changing the way the game was played. Went on to popularize hockey in the USA. Most hockey awards
of any player alive or dead.
||wrestler, starred on The Simpsons as himself, #39 in famous Canadian
||She was the favourite to win gold in women's sculls less than 3 months before
the Olympics, when during warmups at an event in Germany, a boat cut across her path, breaking
her lower right leg and tearing up muscles and ligaments. Yet she qualified for the Olympic final
78 days later. She beat the American in her event, picking up a bronze medal.
||Canada hadn't won a gold medal on it's own soil in the 1976 Montreal Olympics
and it was the last day of the Games. With comments by Dwight Jones, his main American
competitor, saying he "hated French Canadians" to spur him on in the long jump, Joy busted
him and won the silver medal.
|4x100 Relay Team
||1996 Atlanta. Wow! What a race! Hot on the heels of Donovan
Bailey's 100 metre sprint gold, came a showdown between the USA and Canada. Donovan Bailey, Bruny
Surin, Robert Esmie and Glenroy Gilbert did not disappoint. IN the heats the USA recorded 38.58
and Canada 38.68 times, leading to the final. In it, Canada opened up a lead in the second leg
and Bailey, running fourth, beat US anchor Dennis Mitchell to the finish line by 4 metres.
||4 weeks before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Alex broke his foot and couldn't
train in his sport, high diving. Didn't matter, he won
Silver medal anyway.