10 Famous Canadian Female Athletes

Canada is a country both rich in natural resources, and is the home of many world renowned athletes among which are these ten famous Canadian female athletes whose careers are briefly highlighted in this article.

  1. Clara Hughes (Track cyclist, road bicycle racer, and speed skater). A Winnipeg native, Hughes carried her country’s flag into Olympic Stadium at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, Canada.  At the 2010 Games, Hughes won a bronze medal in the 5000m race to close out her Olympic career. Hughes noteworthy Olympic career includes two bronze medals at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, is only one of five people to have won Olympic medals at both Winter and Summer Games, and stands alone as the only Olympian to have won more than one medal in both Winter and Summer Games. This famous female Canadian athlete is also an Order of Canada recipient.
  2. Cindy Klassen (Speed skater). Klassen is another noteworthy Canadian female athlete.  Klassen medaled five times at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. Klassen also added a bronze medal from the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah to her Olympic medal chest.
  3. Nancy Greene (Alpine skier). Now, Canadian Senator Nancy Greene, is an Ottawa native named Canada’s Female Athlete of the 20th Century.  Prior to her political career, Greene won two gold and one silver medal in the giant slalom, slalom, and combined in the 1968 Olympic Games in Grenoble, France. Senator Greene has received the "Order of Canada" among many other awards.
  4. Blythe Hartley (springboard, and synchronized springboard diver). A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Hartley broke through in the Chinese dominated sport to win a bronze with her partner Emilie Heymans at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in the ten meter synchronized platform diving competition.
  5. Lori Kane (Golfer). Kane, is a four time winner on LPGA tour circuit, and has received the Order of Canada in 2006 for her volunteer work for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, and other various groups. The Canadian female athlete is at the forefront of philanthropic causes in their country.
  6. Aleksandra Wozniak (tennis player). After a stellar 2009 season, Wozniak was named the Canadian Press female athlete for 2009. Wozniak garnered media attention for her play at the 2009 French Open where she defeated the defending champion and a trio of other top ranked tennis players. 
  7. Sandra Post (Golfer). In 1968, Sandra Post became the first Canadian player on the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour, and the youngest LPGA tour member to win a major tournament as she captured the LGPA Championship. To top off her winning 1968 season, Post was named the LPGA Rookie of the Year Award. Post has also been voted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, and the Royal Canadian Golf Association Hall of Fame.
  8. Silken Laumann (rower). Laumann, a superior rower, is a native of Mississauga, Ontario, and has medaled in the Olympic and Pan American games.  Laumann won bronze medals in double sculls in the 1984, 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. Laumann was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1998. 
  9. Catriona Ann Le May Doan (speed skater). The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native is an Olympic gold medal winner at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, and the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, UT in the 500 meter race. In 1997, Doan was the first woman to finish a 500 meter race under 38 seconds, and was named Canadian Female Athlete of the Year in 1998, 2001and 2002. 
  10. Myriam Bédard (biathlete). Bédard won two gold medals at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, and a bronze at the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville. Bédard is only the second Canadian to win a World Cup biathlon event.   

This article’s 10 famous female Canadian athletes are just a microcosm of Canadian female athletes who excel in athletics, whether amateur or professional. 

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