Leon Becomes CDS'S 3rd Olympian & First to Win GOLD!
The success of our Canadian athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was significant, culminating in 24 medals, including seven gold, six silver and 11 bronze, and placing Canada 11th in official medal standings and overall count.
This year it was the Canadian women who featured most prominently on the podium, including the Gold medal winning Women’s Soccer team and CDS’s very own Adriana Leon ’10, a key competitor on the Women’s Gold medal winning soccer team. After back-to-back bronze medal finishes in London and Rio, the Canadian women's soccer team defeated number 1 ranked USA in the semi-finals to advance to the finals against Sweden. The final was a nailbiter and decided in penalty kicks after 30 minutes of extra time left the game tied 1-1.
A regular member of the Canadian Women’s National Team, Adriana has represented Canada 76 times, including the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada. The West Ham United striker has tallied 20 goals for Canada, including an important goal in Tokyo.
While our entire country basks in the glory of our athletes’ tremendous performances over the past two weeks, we thought we would share some CDS connections to past Olympic events. Seven years ago at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, three-time Canadian National bronze medalists, Alexandra Paul ’09, and her partner Mitch Islam, performed beautifully in their Olympic debut in the category of Ice Dance. Another former CDS Olympian, Elvis Stojko ’91, is a three-time World champion, competed in three Winter Olympics, debuting in Albertville, 1992, winning two Olympic Silver medals in Lillehammer, 1994 and Nagano, 1998, and seven-time Canadian champion.
Some of our past CDS parents have also competed at the Olympics. Paul Martini, a Canadian pair skater, who with his skating partner Barbara Underhill, was the 1979-1983 Canadian national champion, the 1984 World champion, and the 1978 World Junior champion. Paul and Barbara represented Canada in the Lake Placid, 1980 and Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics.
And of course King Township has a long history of highly accomplished equestrians, including CDSCo-founder and past parent, Moffat Dunlap, and former CDS parents and grandparents who either served important roles for the Canadian Equestrian Team or competed in the Summer Olympic Equestrian events, including Mac Cone who won Silver as part of the Canadian Equestrian Team in Beijing, 2008; and Brian Herbinson and Jim Elder who won Bronze as part of the Canadian Equestrian Team in Stockholm in 1956.
Past CDS parents who competed in other events include William (Bill) Gairdner who competed in the Men’s 400m Hurdles and Decathlon in Tokyo, 1964; Janet Nutter who qualified for the Canadian Diving team in Moscow, 1980; Curtis Joseph who was on Canada’s Men’s Hockey team in Nagano in 1998 and Salt Lake City in 2002, and Chris Rudge who served as CEO of the Canadian Olympic Committee for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.