Penny Oleksiak on adjusting to life as an Olympic role model

August 12, 2016: After catching her breath, Canada’s Penny Oleksiak realizes she’s won gold in the 100-m freestyle in Rio de Janeiro. (Lee Jin-man/AP/CP)

What a difference a year makes.

Last summer Penny Oleksiak was just like any other Canadian amateur athlete. Now she’s the face of Canadian swimming.

The 17-year-old Toronto native captured the hearts of Canadians with her record-setting success at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Oleksiak became the first Canadian to win four medals at a...


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