Soccer

'Oh Canada!': Best social media reactions to Canadian women's soccer's historic Olympic gold medal

Each step of the Olympic podium was occupied by Canadians on a feverish Friday morning. The Canadian women's soccer team earned its first Olympic gold medal after back-to-back bronze.

Canadians occupied each step of Olympic podium on Day 14

Gold medalist Janine Beckie of Team Canada poses with her gold medal during the Women's Football Competition Medal Ceremony on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at International Stadium Yokohama on August 06, 2021 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. ( Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Gold. Silver. Bronze. 

Each step of the Olympic podium was occupied by Canadians on a feverish Friday morning. 

 

The Canadian women's soccer team earned its first Olympic gold medal after back-to-back bronze.

Canada edged Sweden 3-2 in a dramatic round of penalty kicks.

In a sudden-death shootout, Stephanie Labbé stopped Jonna Andersson's attempt before Julia Grosso scored the winner.

Past and present, those affiliated with Canada's national soccer program rejoiced. 

Canadian head coach Bev Priestman described what the result means to soccer in Canada.

Abby Wambach, second in international goals behind Christine Sinclair, was often considered the biggest rival to Sinclair and the Canadians.

The American soccer icon sent out a special congratulatory message to Canada's captain courtesy of her partner Glennon Doyle.

At 38 years old, Sinclair can finally call herself an Olympic champion. 

Canada's women once again found themselves in a penalty shootout at Tokyo 2020.

In the quarter-finals, Labbé guided the Canadian women to victory over Brazil.

Labbé's calm demeanour against Sweden drew notice online and even prompted a Wikipedia editor to update her page.

The Canadian women who were out on the pitch in Yokohama took to social media after the match with celebratory reactions.

Labbé shared her golden moment with long-time partner Georgia Simmerling, a member of the Canadian women's team pursuit track cycling squad.

Meanwhile, during the women's soccer final, Andre De Grasse anchored the Canadian men to a 4x100m bronze in Tokyo.

After he secured his sixth Olympic medal in six attempts, De Grasse congratulated Canada's women.

The first medal of Canada's frantic Friday morning came at approximately 8:13 a.m. ET courtesy of Moh Ahmed, who captured silver in the men's 5,000-metres.

It was the first-ever long distance track event medal for a Canadian male at the Olympics.

Canadian Olympic triathlon champion Simon Whitfield summed up Day 14 of Olympic action for Canadians.

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