2016 Golden Shoe Awards: Story of the Year – Canadian track team in Rio

After winning a single medal at the 2012 Olympics in London, Canada's track team delivered with one of its best-ever medal hauls in Rio.

Canadian Track
Canadian Track
Photo: Dave McColm.

Every year, Canadian Running names its Golden Shoe Awards. After a national reader’s survey and round-table conversations with CR‘s regular contributors and experts, we recognize the best and most essential runners, races, clubs and places in the country.

Story of the Year: Canadian track team in Rio

After a disappointing showing at the 2012 London Games, the lead up to Rio saw some stellar performances and the emergence of truly world-class homegrown Canadian talent. For the first time in 20 years, Canadian track athletes were heading to the Olympics as medal favourites, and they delivered.

Andre De Grasse won a silver and two bronze, Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Damian Warner each scored bronze. With a total of 16 top 10 finishes for track athletes alone, as well as three national records in running events, it was Canada’s finest athletics showing ever at the Olympics.