Ontario is proud to support the province's high performance athletes on Team Canada as they begin to compete at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
This year, 118 Ontario athletes -- and 29 Ontario coaches -- will represent Canada and inspire the nation and our province as they compete for a spot on the podium. Of 118 athletes, 90 have benefitted from Ontario's Quest for Gold program that helps athletes reach the highest level of international competition by providing access to high-performance training and competitive opportunities.
Quest for Gold recipients will be competing in more than 50 events at the upcoming London Olympics including:
- Boxer Mary Spencer will be vying for gold in the first Olympic women's boxing event.
- Jessica Zelinka will enter her second Olympics and compete in two events -- the gruelling heptathlon and women's 100-metre hurdles.
- Adam Van Koeverden will be looking to add to his three Olympic medals in sprint kayak.
- Ian Millar will make his tenth Olympic appearance and seek to bring home another medal in show jumping with his horse Star Power.
- Karen Cockburn will look to extend her winning streak on the trampoline by earning a medal for the fourth consecutive time at the Olympic Games.
Ontarians will also have the opportunity to cheer on some of our honoured athletes when the Greater Golden Horseshoe plays host to the highly anticipated 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.