Canada buzzing as Penny Oleksiak looks to make history
Toronto swimmer can break Canadian medal record tonight
By Aaron Stern, CBC Sports
Penny Oleksiak has joined a special club. Not only is the 16-year-old swimming phenom on the list of people that Canadians absolutely adore, but the Olympian is also now tied for having the most medals by a Canadian swimmer in an Olympic games.
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.<a href="https://twitter.com/OleksiakPenny">@OleksiakPenny</a> joins the list of most medals by a 🇨🇦 swimmer in a single Olympic Games <a href="https://t.co/eQtMej3q6Y">https://t.co/eQtMej3q6Y</a> <a href="https://t.co/SdFuLDudKg">pic.twitter.com/SdFuLDudKg</a>—@CBCOlympics
'The Penny' will have a shot at making history if she can capture a fourth medal in Thursday night's 100-metre freestyle event.
And if Wednesday night's social media reaction was any indication, you can expect an entire nation to be behind her again on Thursday.
3 Olympic medals for <a href="https://twitter.com/OleksiakPenny">@OleksiakPenny</a> !!! When's the last time that happened?!?—@cochraneryan
Watching <a href="https://twitter.com/OleksiakPenny">@OleksiakPenny</a> with my screaming 10/12 year old Canadian sisters has made the Olympics for me. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/swimlikeagirl?src=hash">#swimlikeagirl</a>—@BurkieNHL
Unstoppable. <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamCanada">@TeamCanada</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/OleksiakPenny">@OleksiakPenny</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/womens4x200freerelay?src=hash">#womens4x200freerelay</a>—@marktewks
When I grow up I want to be Penny Oleksiak.—@SNCaroline
Penny Oleksiak is 16-years-old and has 3 Olympic medals. Most would be happy with passing a driving test. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rio2016?src=hash">#Rio2016</a> <a href="https://t.co/zJudAvSalh">pic.twitter.com/zJudAvSalh</a>—@MonikaPlatek
Oleksiak has noticed Canadians noticing her and the swimmer has voiced her appreciation of that support:
She'll have to get used to the attention, especially if she makes history tonight. Are you excited for Oleksiak's historic race? Tweet us @CBCOlympics!