Canada are back on the podium after a historic run at the Rio 2016 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. Canada won five of six matches to claim their second consecutive bronze medal, culminating their run with a 2:1 victory over host Brazil at Arena Corinthians in São Paulo.
On the final day, it was again Canada’s blend of youth and experience that made the difference. Seventeen-year old Deanne Rose opened the scoring and captain Christine Sinclair scored the eventual winner, with one goal on either side of the break. Incidentally, both Sinclair and Rose also hit the woodwork in the victory.
From five wins, Canada beat three confederation champions: the Asian champions Australia, the European champions Germany, and the South American champions Brazil. The 19 August victory against Brazil gave Canada 15 wins on the 2016 calendar year, a new record for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team after 40 years of international soccer.
For Team Canada, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team are the first women’s team sport to win back-to-back Summer Olympic medals. From more than 100 years of Summer Olympic Games, only Team Canada men’s lacrosse previously won back-to-back medals back in 1904 and 1908. Canada Soccer won Olympic bronze at London 2012 and Rio 2016.
This marks Canada’s third consecutive participation at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. Four years ago at London 2012, Canada won a historic bronze medal, the nation’s first in a summer team sport since 1936. They will have a chance to build their legacy as repeat medalists in team sport at the Summer Olympic Games on Friday against Brazil. More importantly, their impact across back-to-back Olympic Games has been to unify the country while serving as strong role models for the next generation of Canadian footballers.
The Rio 2016 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament runs 3-19 August in six venues (seven stadiums) across Brazil. Across three venues, Canada have traveled 3,182 kilometres from São Paulo to Brasilia to São Paulo to Belo Horizonte and back to São Paulo.