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A visual history of Canadian Olympic summer medals, 1900 to today

Use this interactive tool to explore Canada's success at the summer Olympics since 1900. Start by sorting the medals to see how they compare by sports, year and gender. Then click any medal to see more details about the group you're looking at. Use the scroll bar beneath the interactive to see more medals.

What to look for

Canada's most successful Games were in Los Angeles in 1984, when Canadian athletes walked away with 44 medals. But the record comes with a caveat: in response to the United States boycotting the 1980 Moscow Games, many Eastern Bloc countries refused to participate. Many top contenders originated from those absent countries, so the remaining athletes had less competition and could medal more easily.

Track and field is the sport with the most medals, but it's also the sport with the most events. And Canada has earned more bronze medals than silver or gold.

In Canada's first Olympic Games in 1900, 27-year-old runner George Orton returned home with two medals: a bronze for the 400m hurdles and a gold for the 3000m steeplechase. Canada also captured gold in the 1904 golf tournament, which was the last time it appeared at the Olympics. Golf will return as an Olympic event in 2016.

Click any medal to see more details

Source: The International Olympic Committee
Interactive by Stuart A. Thompson

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