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Daily Updates from Rio 2016 by Canadian Sport Institute Pacific
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DAY #6

Thursday, August 11, 2016 // Quinta-feira, 11 Agosto, 2016

A special edition of Collaborate. Serve. Innovate.
A daily update from Rio 2016 by the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific

Featuring daily news from the Games about how CSI Pacific-affiliated athletes are performing, athlete profiles and their social media, live from Rio!


"What else to say about Penny Oleksiak but 'Wow!'  An absolutely incredible fourth medal and this time gold, with an Olympic record in the 100m Freestyle.  What a wonderful story she has become at these Games.

Athletes affiliated with the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific continue to impress in Rio, as well. Of Team Canada's 24 medallists so far, 13 of them are CSI Pacific-affiliated athletes, or a fantastic 54%!

And there's the opportunity to have six more CSI Pacific-affiliated medallists by 7:30am tomorrow! Our rowing crews in Women's Lightweight Double Sculls row for gold at 6:32am, while the Men's Coxless Four also go for gold in their final at 7:24am.

Then, at 10:30am, three of the world's best - Evan Dunfee, Inaki Gomez, Ben Thorne - compete in the Men’s 20km Race Walk with more medals up for grabs. Want to know more about Race Walking? Check out this great Team Canada 20km Race Walk Cheat Sheet!

We're blown away by how our affiliated athletes have done so far. We can't wait to see what tomorrow brings!"

Wendy Pattenden
CEO, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific


Find out how CSI Pacific-affiliated athletes are faring at the Rio Olympics

Six CSI Pacific-Affiliated Athletes to Row for Gold on Friday

Two Victoria-based boats have advanced to medal finals in Rio.

Lindsay Jennerich (Victoria, BC) and Patricia Obee (Victoria, BC) finished with the second-fastest time in the women’s lightweight double sculls semifinals. Canada's crew of Will Crothers (Kingston, ON), Tim Schrijver (Thedford, ON), Conlin McCabe (Brockville, ON) and Kai Langerfeld (North Vancouver, BC) in the men's fours held off the Netherlands to complete their semifinal in second and advance.

Both the women's lightweight double sculls and the men's fours finals will take place on Friday morning at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas.

The men's quadruple sculls team of Rob Gibson (Kingston, ON), Julien Bahain (Angers, France), Pascal Lussier (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QB) and Will Dean (Kelowna, BC) finished second in the B Final.

Canada's Day in the Pool is Golden, and then Some!

Penny Oleksiak's gold medal rightfully took the headlines, and other Canadian swimmers had a strong day in the pool, as well.

Hilary Caldwell (White Rock, BC) came in 2nd in her Women’s 200m Breaststroke heat and topped that by winning her semi-final in the evening. Hilary goes for gold on Friday at 6:03pm.

In the Women's 200m Breastroke final, Kierra Smith (Kelowna, BC) finished in a solid 7th place.

Yuri Kirsil (Calgary, AB) raced in the 50m Freestyle earlier in the day, finishing 6th in his heat, which meant he did not advance.

Additional News:



With weather much improved in Rio today mixed Nacra 17 sailors Nikola Girke (West Vancouver, BC) and Luke Ramsay (Vancouver, BC) raced four times. After six total races completed out of 12, Ramsay & Girke sit 10th overall, which would get them to the Medal Race if their position holds. Races 7-9 take place Saturday morning.


Cycling - Team Pursuit

Georgia Simmerling (West Vancouver, BC) is at her third Olympics in her third different sport, this time in Cycling - Team Pursuit. She and her teammates, including Laura Brown (Vancouver, BC), raced the preliminaries this afternoon, qualifying for the heats after a 4th place finish.


Beach Volleyball

In the morning, the team of Chaim Schalk (Red Deer, AB) and Ben Saxton (Calgary, AB) lost to Cuba in straight sets, 2-0. That set up an evening "Lucky Loser" match vs Poland, with the winners advancing and the losers going home. Schalk and Saxton brought their "A" game, defeating the Poles two sets to zero and now move on to the Round of 16.


Volleyball (Indoor)

Canada's Men's team suffered a setback versus France today, losing in straight sets. The team includes CSI Pacific-affiliated athletes Blair Bann (Edmonton, AB), Daniel Jansen VanDoorn (Langley, BC) and Rudy Verhoeff (Calgary, AB).


Field Hockey

Team captain Scott Tupper (Vancouver, BC) scored twice for Canada in a 4-2 loss to Ireland in men's field hockey. The Red Cariboo wil against India on Friday


Inaki Gomez Sport: Athletics
Born: January 16, 1988
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia



The number of athletes that will represent Canada in track and field competition, beginning Saturday at the Rio Olympics. It is the largest Canadian contingent to ever represent the country in track and field at the Olympics. 55% of the track and field team is affiliated with the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific.


Collaborate. Serve. Innovate.


The Canadian Sport Institute is proud to be a partner of Own The Podium. The federal government and Own The Podium instituted a program to have $6 million annually used for Olympic and Paralympic summer teams as part of their team sports strategy. This is already paying large dividends in Rio, where Canada is represented by five teams at the Rio Olympics, the most since the 1984 Los Angeles Games. CSI Pacific is proud to work closely with three of these teams: Field Hockey Canada (Men), Rugby Canada (Women’s Sevens), and Soccer Canada (Women), who centralize teams in Vancouver and Victoria.

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Follow along with us on how CSI Pacific-affiliated athletes are doing in Rio on our website and via Twitter, Facebook & Instagram

About Canadian Sport Institute Pacific: Powering Performance. Inspiring Excellence.
Offering world-class Olympic and Paralympic training environments in Vancouver, Whistler and Victoria, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific ( is committed to Powering Performance. Inspiring Excellence. Working with national sport organizations and fueled by our national and provincial partners such as Sport Canada, viaSport, Own the Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Coaches Association of Canada, we are driven by our mantra to Collaborate. Serve. Innovate. Our team of sport scientists and medical experts provide leading edge programs and services to athletes and coaches to ensure they have every advantage to win medals for Canada.

For More Information:

Noah Wheelock
Manager, Communications
Canadian Sport Institute Pacific

Lance Doucet
Coordinator, Communications
Canadian Sport Institute Pacific
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