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Penny Oleksiak
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Swimmer
    (June 13, 2000- )
    Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Birth name was Penelope Oleksiak
    Won an Olympic gold medal in 100 meter freestyle (2016)
    Won Olympic silver medals in 100 meter butterfly (2016) and 4x100 meter freestyle (2021)
    Won Olympic bronze medals in 4x100 meter freestyle (2016), 4x200 meter freestyle (2016), 200 meter freestyle (2021), and 4x100 meter medley (2021)
    When she was nine, she was rejected by several Toronto swim clubs because she had trouble swimming the length of the pool.
    She was nicknamed 'the Child' by her 2016 Olympic teammates.
    She named her dog Jagr, after Jaromir Jagr.
    She ate seven McDonald's chicken sandwiches after getting into an eating competition with a group of male friends.
    Her older brother Jamie is an NHL defenseman.
    Only six weeks after fracturing her elbow in a bicycling accident, she won six medals at the 2015 FINA Junior Championships.
    She was the first athlete born in the 2000s to win an Olympic gold medal in an individual event.
    She was named the flagbearer for the Canadian team at the 2016 Olympics closing ceremony.
    She has won more Olympic medals than any other Canadian athlete.

Credit: C. Fishel


 
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