Canada at the Summer Olympics
Canada has tallied 59 golds and 278 total medals at the Summer Olympics, with the first medals earned in 1900.
Canada has won a significant number of its medals in athletics, canoeing, rowing, and swimming.
At this year's London Games, Canada's best had a somewhat disappointing performance as their 18 medals included only one gold.
The following list includes brief information on what I consider Canada's best Summer Olympians:
Alex Baumann: Baumann was a swimming world-record holder in the individual medley in the 1980s. At the 1984 Olympics, he won gold in both the 200 and 400-meter individual medleys.
Karen Cockburn: Cockburn earned trampoline medals at three straight Olympics, with her best podium finishes being silvers in 2004 and 2008.
Victor Davis: Another top swimmer for Canada in the '80s, Davis took four medals overall, with his greatest achievement being gold in the 200-meter breaststroke in 1984.
Kathleen Heddle: Heddle was one of Canada's many rowing stars in the 1990s. She counts three golds among her four medals earned between the 1992 and 1996 Olympics.
Emilie Heymans: Heymans has won four diving medals-two silvers and two bronzes-with a bronze in the 3-meter synchronized springboard at the London Games.
George Hodgson: Hodgson was one of the best swimmers in the world a century ago, along with other notables like Walter Bathe of Germany and the legendary Duke Kahanamoku. At the 1912 Olympics, Hodgson set a pair of world records on the way to golds in the 400 and 1500-meter freestyles.
Marnie McBean: McBean paired with Kathleen Heddle for one rowing gold in 1992, and was a part of three more podium finishes-two of them gold-for Canada between the 1992 and 1996 Olympics.
Adam van Koeverden: A kayaking star at the last three Olympics, van Koeverden has earned four medals so far-including a gold in the K-1 500 meters at the Athens Games.
Simon Whitfield: One of the world's most decorated triathletes over the past decade, Whitfield has the triathlon gold from 2000 and the silver in 2008 at the top of his list of accomplishments in the sport.
Percy Williams: Williams won a pair of golds on the track at the 1928 Olympics. A relative unknown at the start of the Amsterdam Games, Williams ran to victory in the 100 and 200 meters.
Patrick Hattman covered the London Games for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. He is already looking forward to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
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