Rio Olympic 2016

Canadian medallists know how to celebrate

Winning a medal is the pinnacle of Olympic competition. The celebration style and method of every athlete is completely unique and individual. Here's a round-up of how the Canadian medallists celebrated after winning in Rio.

Athletes find different ways to get down

Erica Wiebe had some of the best reactions after winning a gold medal in women's wrestling. (Markus Schreiber/The Associated Press)

By Justin Robertson, CBC Sports 

Winning a medal is the pinnacle of Olympic competition, so it's no wonder athletes celebrate when they win one.

The celebration style of every athlete is unique — some party long into the night (Ryan Lochte) while others are more discreet and slip away with close friends and family.

Then there's the memorable in-venue celebrations, such as Japanese women's wrestling gold medallist Risako Kawai, who flipped her coach twice and then put him on her shoulders to wave the Japanese flag.

Here's a look at how some Canadian medallists celebrated after winning in Rio.

Erica Wiebe (wrestling)

Wiebe was ecstatic after her gold medal win in the 75-kg division — so much so that she picked up and carried coach Paul Ragusa over her shoulders along with the Canadian flag. 

Here's the footage of the now-famous piggyback ride:

Penny Oleksiak (swimming)

The 16-year-old's first foray into the Olympics brought an unexpected wave of medals for the Torontonian. The swimming sensation celebrated like a teenager would: with her family and friends. And showing off her bling. 

Jen Kish (rugby)

The rugby sevens dynamo has been busy inspiring future stars since departing Rio, but is also planning a visit to her tattoo artist to permanently document her Olympic journey. She's also been sharing her time with family. 

Christine Sinclair (soccer)

The ultimate team player, Sinclair called her teammates her family after claiming the bronze medal by defeating Brazil 2-1 in the women's bronze medal match. Would you expect anything less from the classy veteran?

Andre De Grasse (track)

For an athlete who's been called the future of sprinting, De Grasse, 21, has taken his first Olympics in stride. After a jovial 100m bronze performance running alongside champion Usain Bolt, De Grasse looked disappointed after his silver medal in the 200m.

Brianne Theisen-Eaton (heptathlon)

Three things for any athlete's Olympic to-do list: win a medal, take a selfie with the world's fastest runner and pay homage to your loved ones. The heptathlon bronze medallist accomplished all three. 


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