Collection of top stories on Canadian female athletes
Features on Penny Oleksiak, Alysha Newman, Dara Howell, Sandra Schmirler & Gabriela DeBues-Stafford
In recognition of International Women's Day, here's an archive of some of the stories we've told on CBCSports.ca.
Twenty years after she succumbed to cancer, Sandra Schmirler is remembered as one of the best curlers to ever play the game. She won everything there was to win and her impact on the sport continues.
Can Alysha Newman break a 100-year medal drought in Tokyo? She wants to be the first Canadian woman to win an Olympic medal in pole vault, and the first Canadian to do so in more than 100 years. Newman could do it and is taking an unconventional approach to her mental game to enhance her odds.
Many know freestyle skier Dara Howell from Sochi 2014 when she became the first Olympic champion in ski slopestyle. But a lot has happened since, all culminating in her latest reincarnation as a big air skier. Could she be first Olympic champion in that discipline at it's debut in Beijing 2022?
Middle-distance runner Gabriela DeBues-Stafford keeps setting records in the 1,500 metres. She's poised to do incredible things in Tokyo 2020, and is making history in Canadian running as she does it.
At just 16, Penny Oleksiak won four medals at Rio 2016. Managing the increasing weight of that accomplishment has been part of her journey since and Canada will see a different Penny Oleksiak on the blocks at Tokyo 2020.