Top 10 Canadian athletes to watch at the 2019 Pan American Games | Best Canadian Olympic Athletes
Ellie Black, Damian Warner, Jennifer Abel highlight Canada's superstar squad
What comes to mind when you think of Canada and sports? and about Pan American Games 2019, You probably think of hockey and a variety of other winter sports, anything that requires snow and ice. Makes sense, considering the country’s climate and geography. Canada does have a strong history of producing great hockey players, skiers, skaters, and athletes who compete in other winter sports. However, in recent years a number of Canadians in various sports have made an impact at the highest levels. Here are the Top 10 Canadian athletes Games in the world today.
The Pan American Games won’t feature all of Canada’s top 2020 Olympians, but some Tokyo medal contenders are sure to be competing in Lima, Peru.
The Games also include some top athletes in non-Olympic sports. With the first full day of events going Saturday, here is a look at top 10 Canadian athletes to watch at the Games:
Top 10 Canadian Athletes Games: Pan American Games 2019 –
1. Damian Warner
The decathlete from London, Ont., became the third athlete to win five career titles at the prestigious Gotzis Hypo-Meeting earlier this year in Austria.
Warner won bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics, silver at the 2015 world championships and gold at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.
WATCH | Warner runs fastest 100 in decathlon history:
2. Alysha Newman
The pole vaulter from London has broken her own Canadian record twice in the last two months.
Newman was sidelined for almost the entire 2018 season with a knee injury after capturing gold at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.
3. Evan Dunfee
The native of Richmond, B.C., finished fourth in the 50-kilometer race walk at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Despite missing the podium, Dunfee’s fourth-place finish was one of Canada’s biggest stories in Rio. He was upgraded to bronze after being jostled by Hirooki Arai of Japan.
Arai appealed, bumping Dunfee to fourth, and the Canadian opted not to file a counter-appeal, saying in a statement: “I will never allow myself to be defined by the accolades I receive, rather the integrity I carry through life.
WATCH | New pill helps athletes beat the heat:
It looks like a vitamin, but it’s really a computer. This computerized pill is helping Canada’s high-performance athletes prepare for the heat at the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Trent Stellingwerff of the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific shows us how it works, with race walker Evan Dunfee. 1:34
4. Shawn DeLierre
The 37-year-old Montreal squash player is competing in his fourth Pan Am Games. He anchored the Canadian men’s team to gold four years ago at home.
DeLierre reached a career-high of No. 35 in the world rankings in 2013.
5. Phylicia George
The runner from Markham, Ont., has competed in Summer (track) and Winter (bobsled) Olympics. She captured bronze in Pyeongchang in 2018 with Kaillie Humphries.
WATCH | George just misses podium at Harry Jerome Classic:
George, 31, has made the final of the 100-meter hurdles at the past two Summer Games.
6. Mathea Olin
The 16-year-old surfer from Tofino, B.C., competes in a sport making its Pan American Games debut this year and its Olympic kickoff the following year.
Olin won gold and bronze in Lima at the 2017 Pan American Surf Games, marking Canada’s first international medals in the sport.
WATCH | The Bond: Mathea Olin:
7. Crispin Duenas
The 33-year-old archer from Scarborough, Ont., is a three-time Olympian.
Duenas had his best individual Olympic finish in 2016 in Rio, placing 17th. He has two silver medals from previous Pan American Games 2019
8. Ellie Black
The gymnast from Halifax was the most decorated Canadian athlete from the Toronto Pan Am Games, winning five medals (three gold, one silver, one bronze).
Black became the first Canadian to win an all-around medal at the world championships in 2017 in Montreal, capturing silver.
That came one year after placing fifth at the Olympics, Canada’s best-ever finish in the event.
WATCH | Black leads Canada to history at gymnastics worlds:
9. Michelle Li
The badminton player from Markham is the reigning Pan Am singles champion.
I was part of the ‘Bruce Li’ doubles team (with Alexandra Bruce) that finished fourth at the 2012 London Olympics. The team was reinstated when four teams were expelled from the Games for losing matches on purpose.
The 27-year-old is in the top 20 in the world rankings.
10. Jennifer Abel
The diver from Laval, Que., became the most decorated Canadian athlete in world aquatics championship history when she earned silver with Melissa Citrine-Beaulieu in the women’s three-meter synchronized event earlier this month in Gwangju, South Korea.
Abel, 27, now has nine medals at the worlds. She’ll be looking to return to the Olympic podium next year after two fourth-place showings in 2016.
WATCH | Abel becomes most decorated Canadian ever at aquatics worlds:
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