In case you haven’t noticed Canada is sporting a shiny Penny at the Olympics in Rio. Although we gave up using pennies in our currency recently, this Penny is a keeper. At just 16 years of age, Penny (short for Penelope) Oleksiak has made a tremendous splash at the Olympics and all Canadians very proud this week.
Penny is the first Canadian athlete to win four medals in a single summer Olympics. With four swimming medals (1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze) under her belt (or around her neck) she goes for a fifth medal in another relay Saturday night.
Her sunny disposition, ever present smile and unassuming attitude make her a fan favourite. After her gold medal win, she did not turn around to see her result for a full 25 seconds, then mumbled “oh my gosh!” when she realized she had tied for first place and the gold medal. No fist pumps or fingers in the air, just an endearing “oh my gosh.” What an inspiration to all youngsters let alone other athletes.
I’m willing to bet Penelope will be a favourite in baby girl names this year here in Canada!