ICYMI: The best Team Canada photos from the first week at Rio 2016


The lead up to Rio 2016 might have been shaky, with Zika and contaminated water concerns taking precedence over the actual sporting events. And while these issues still exist, the Olympic fever is palpable through our screens—pride, excitement and plain old love is what it’s all about. It’s no secret that our Canadian women are slaying in the pool, on the field and beyond. Take a look at our fave Olympic moments from Week 1.

Photography via CBC

Swimmer Penny Oleksiak wins gold in the 100-metre freestyle and almost gulps down a mouthful of pool water because she’s so surprised. Tears ran down faces and people jumped out of chairs everywhere.


Photography by The Associated Press/Julio Cortez

Toronto’s Rosie MacLennan bounced her way to first place—she also won a gold in trampoline at the London 2012 Olympics. Respect.


Photo by Stephen Hosier (COC)

Sarah Pavan and Heather Bansley (from left) thinking hard during their game against Switzerland. (Gym motivation, right?)


This isn’t the “yes, it’s the weekend look.” It’s the face synchro diving team Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion (from left) make when they win a bronze medal.


Biggest group hug. Ever. We want to get all cozy with the Women’s Rugby Sevens Team, too, especially after their victory against Great Britain, earning them a bronze medal.

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Kylie Masse, bronze medal winner for the 100-metre backstroke, dives right in—and perplexes us all by how she ended up in this frame. (Don’t try this at home.)

Photo by Celso Junior/Getty Images

Melissa Tancredi scores twice—and Team Canada wins against Germany, 2:1. It’s all about the finger point these games (see Michael Phelps and Santo Condorelli).


OK, so it’s not Team Canada per se, but our athletes had to jump into this murky green water, which was a serious topic of convo this week. A second pool used for synchronized swimming and water polo might be affected, too.


And Team Canada wins a bronze in the 4 x 200-metre freestyle relay. The onlookers should join in on the fun already, eh?

Photography by DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images

Rowers Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee take home the silver for the Lightweight Women’s Double Skulls.

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