Penelope Oleksiak, otherwise known as Penny in her athletic competition is a professional competitive swimmer who has specialties in the butterfly and freestyle events. She competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics and adjust the age of 16 she was able to secure a gold medal, a silver medal and two bronzes.
Penny Oleksiak is the first Canadian to ever take him for medals in the same summer games and also the country’s youngest Olympic champion ever. Oleksiak took home six medals at the 2015 FINA World Junior swimming championships and she stands the current world Junior recordholder as well as the Canadian recordholder for the 100 m butterfly and the 100 m freestyle.
Penny was already setting records earlier in her career at the age of 15 and continues to improve at 16 years of age. Penny is currently tied for the Olympic women’s record in 100 m freestyle with Simone Manuel. This puts her right on the cusp of achieving a world record status in the event.
Penny started her swimming career with humble beginnings. She learned how to swim and her neighbors pool and was encouraged to take her swimming to a professional level at the age of nine. She was also committed to competitive dance and gymnastics at this time but sought to join several swim clubs in Toronto. At the age of nine she had trouble swimming the length of an Olympic pool but was taken under the wing of Gary Nolden of the Toronto Olympic swim team. After training with the team for several years she would go on to win several medals at the Junior level and would qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics with the Canadian national team. During her qualification run she set a Junior world record and a Canadian record for the 100 m freestyle.
Penny Oleksiak has an inspiring story from her first Olympics and an extremely exciting career as a swimmer ahead of her.