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Top 10 Canadian Swimmers of All Time!

We thought now was a good time to look back at our swimming heritage and pick a Top 10 list of all-time Canadian Swimming Champions. enjoy!

10. Curtis Myden

3 Olympic bronze medals - 2 1996, 1 2000

19 International medals in 6 years - 4 Gold, 8 Silver, 7 Bronze

Curtis Myden is one of the lesser-known swimmers on this list. This Olympic medalist hails from Calgary, Alberta. He participated in three consecutive Olympics in 1992, 1996 and 2000. Over the course of 6 years, he was one of the most prominent Canadian swimmers of the late 90s, which earned him a spot on the 10th spot on this list.

9. Nancy Garapik

2 Olympic bronze medals* - 1976

1 individual world record - 200 BK from 1975–1975

10 International medals in 4 years - 3 Silver, 7 Bronze

Canadian Sports Hall of Fame

Nancy Garapik is the contestant who achieved her success at the youngest age on this list. She claimed her world record in 200 BK when she was just 13! The next year she competed in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal when she was just 14! where she finished third in both the 100 and 200 backstroke. However she came first because the two athletes who came first and second were both East Germans and it was revealed that they had been doping for years. Nonetheless, Nancy Garapik has accomplished great feats in the world of swimming.

8. Mark Tewksbury

3 Olympic medals - 1 gold, 1 bronze - 1992 : 1 silver - 1988

4 Individual SCM World Records - 100 BK from 1991-1993

13 individual medals in 6 years - 6 Gold, 5 Silver, 2 Bronze

Lou Marsh Award

International Swimming Hall of Fame

Canadian Sports Hall of Fame

Mark Tewksbury is one of the most impressive swimmers on this list. He participated in two consecutive Olympics and received 3 medals for his efforts there. He also received the Lou Marsh Award, which is given to the best Canadian athlete in a specific year. He has been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as well as the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. But the work for which he is best known is his advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community towards the end of his career as well as after he retired.

7. Kylie Mass

1 Olympic Bronze Medal - 2016

1 Individual World Record 100 BK - 2016-2016

14 International medals 2015–present - 6 gold, 4 silver, 4 bronze

First Canadian woman to become world champion

Kylie Massey is one of only two swimmers still swimming who are on this list. She has participated in one Olympics and will likely compete in the 2021 Olympics. She holds a personal world record as well as several international medals to go along with it. She was the first Canadian woman to become world champion in swimming and therefore the first woman to defend her world title in the 100 BK. She is only 24 years old so she still has a lot to accomplish in her career that is why she is at number 7.

6. George Hodgson

2 Olympic gold medals 1912

1 individual world record - 1500 FR from 1912–1923

2 international medals in 1 year

International Swimming Hall of Fame

Canadian Sports Hall of Fame

First Canadian to win a swimming medal at the Olympics

Silver Medal for gallantry in saving life at sea

George Hodgson is the oldest person on this list as he competed in the Olympics before World War I. He is in both the International Swimming Hall of Fame as well as the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. He was the first Canadian to win an Olympic medal in swimming, where he won 2 golds in both the 1500 FR and 400 FR. After the 1912 Olympics, he immediately retired. He then fought in World War I in the Canadian Navy Air Division, where he won the Silver Medal for Gallantry in Saving Life at Sea, awarded to non-British military personnel for their gallantry in saving British military personnel at sea. goes.

5. Ryan Cochrane

2 Olympic medals - 1 Silver - 2012, 1 Bronze - 2008

24 International Medals in 9 Years - 9 Gold, 7 Silver, 8 Bronze

Most World Championship medals for a Canadian swimmer (8)

Ryan Cochrane is one of the most recent swimmers on this list as he recently retired in 2017. He has earned 24 international medals in his 9 years of international competitions. He also participated in 3 consecutive Olympics; 2008, 2012 and 2016. He has the longest career of anyone on this list and was the most dominant Canadian swimmer in the late 2000s. He broke Brent Hayden's record of winning the most medals at the World Championships. Cochrane's new record is 8. He was the face of Canadian swimming for a solid period of 10 years. Due to his dominance and longevity, he is at number 5 on our list.

4. Penny Oleksiak

4 Olympic medals - 1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze - 2016

3 world junior records - 100 FR and 100 FL from 2016 - Present: 100 FR SCM 2016 -2018

17 International Medals 2015–present - 9 Gold, 6 Silver, 8 Bronze

Lou Marsh Award

Penny Oleksiak is the youngest contestant on this list as she is 19 years old in 2020. In her 5 years of international competition, she has earned 17 international medals, yet she has failed to get an individual medal at the senior world championship stage. His performance in the 2016 Olympics was incredible and his 2 junior world records that he achieved there still stand. She was also the recipient of the Lou Marsh Award in 2016. If she wants to keep swimming, she still has a long way to go in her career, and if she has another historic Olympics, she'll definitely be high up on this list. future.

3. Victor Davis

4 Olympic medals - 1 gold, 2 silver - 1984 : 1 silver 1988

3 individual world records - 100 br from 1982 to 1989

16 individual medals in 6 years - 7 Gold, 7 Silver, 1 Bronze

order of canada

International Swimming Hall of Fame

Canadian Sports Hall of Fame

Victor Davis is one of the most famous Canadian swimmers, he competed in two consecutive Olympics and set 3 world records that lasted for 7 years. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, as well as awarded the Order of Canada. He was one of the greatest breaststrokers in Canadian swimming history. Sadly, a few months after his retirement he was hit by a car in Montreal and died in hospital 2 days later at only 25 years old.

2. Elaine Tanner

3 Olympic medals - 2 silver, 1 bronze - 1968

5 individual world records - 100 BK from 1967–1968: 200 BK from 1967–1968

15 International medals in 3 years - 6 Gold, 8 Silver, 1 Bronze

order of canada

First woman to win an Olympic medal in swimming for Canada

Lou Marsh Award

Canadian Sports Hall of Fame

Elaine Tanner was the first Canadian woman to win a swimming medal at the Olympics as well as the first woman to win 4 gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, as well as the first person to win 7 medals at the Commonwealth Games. In those historic games, she was only 15 years old! He was awarded the Order of Canada as well as being inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. She was also the recipient of the Lou Marsh Award, making her the youngest recipient of the award. After a short 3-year spell on the international scene, she retired due to mental health reasons following her performance at the 1968 Olympics. She now owns a charity organization called Team Underdog along with her husband.

1. Alex Bauman

2 Olympic Gold Medals - 1984

5 individual world records - 200 IM from 1981–1987: 400 IM from 1984–1987

15 International Medals in 7 Years - 9 Gold, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze

order of canada

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Masters World Record (Age 45-49) 200I M From 2009-2015

Canadian Sports Hall of Fame

Alex Bauman is our #1 Greatest Canadian Swimming Olympian. He has had one of the greatest and longest-lasting influences on the world of swimming since his retirement, as well as one of the greatest swimming careers ever for a Canadian swimmer. He has a plethora of medals (most of them gold), including an Order of Canada as well as a medal awarded to him by the Queen. Since his retirement, he has been the Director of High Performance Summer Sports for Canada, Australia and New Zealand. He also held the Masters World Record for 6 years from 2009-2015. While he only has 2 Olympic medals, his dominance as well as his impact on the sport after retirement has earned him our No. 1 spot.


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