Carol Huynh is representing British Columbia and Yukon for Canada Reads 2013. She is defending Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese.
The daughter of two hard-working Chinese-Vietnamese refugees, Olympic wrestler Carol Huynh was born and raised in the small British Columbia town of Hazelton. Carol has won 11 Canadian championships and four world championship medals, and is a two-time Olympic medallist (2008 and 2012). She became a national hero after winning Canada's first gold medal at the Beijing Games in 2008, and she returned to Canada from the London Games with a bronze medal this past summer.
Carol's story is quintessentially Canadian. One of five children of Vietnamese refugees who found warmth and welcome in small-town Canada, Carol enjoyed athletics from a young age. She joined the wrestling team in high school, and has enjoyed and excelled at the sport ever since. She was recruited by Simon Fraser University in 1998, and made the World Junior team the following year. Carol lost her team spot on the Canadian national team in 2003 and 2004, leading up to the Athens Olympic Games — but that loss only fuelled her desire to make it to the Olympics.
In 2006, Carol moved from Vancouver to Calgary in order to pursue her Olympic dream and focus on training full time. That dedication paid off in 2008 and again in 2012 — Carol has never come home from the Olympics empty-handed.
Her discipline and hard work are evident in other areas of her life as well. In addition to her achievements as a world-class athlete, Carol has recently completed her master's degree in counselling psychology.
Carol currently lives in Calgary with her husband, Dan.