Winnipegger Chantal 4x100 swimming freestyle relay at Rio Games

Wednesday, 10 Aug, 2016

Penny Oleksiak was nervous.

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Good question. She looked pretty good doing the butterfly over the weekend, but she also posted a faster time in the anchor leg of the 4×100-metre freestyle relay final than Katie Ledecky did for the US, swimming her two laps in 52.72 as compared to Ledecky's 52.79. Penelope Oleksiak (CAN) of Canada poses with her medal. "She doesn't seem like a 16-year-old". "I feel like they're not real, which is kind of weird". Ten minutes before the race Oleksiak made a decision to be calm instead and trust that Canada "had my back".

Could the "swimmers' dougie" be her secret to success over the past three season?

"A great way to start, I couldn't be happier", said head coach Lisa Thomaidis said. And Sandrine (Mainville), she's unbelievable, she holds so well under pressure, and I really look up to that, and Penny, she's just like my sidekick - no, not my sidekick, that's wrong - my partner in crime. It's because she wasn't there-she didn't make the cut.

"I look at the medals a lot", Oleksiak said.

It didn't immediately sink in she had earned silver.

"To be honest, I'm not even sure which type of pizza she orders", said the east end eatery's owner, Elenor Imbrogno. "Getting to see that is just an unbelievable feeling".

Sports runs in Oleksiak's family - brother Jamie Oleksiak is an National Hockey League defenceman with the Dallas Stars, Hayley Oleksiak is in rowing at Northeastern University.

"I saw my dad, he stood up and waved to me. Everything else was just a blur". Penny blew a kiss their way.

It's Canada's first medal in the event in 40 years. She is 16 years old.

She has been called a "natural-born racer". She's very mature for her age.

Her performances have rocketed here to stardom in Canada over night, although we at SwimSwam still credit her fame to creating the "swimmers' dougie". "The medals she's collecting will certainly take swimming in our country to another level".

Oleksiak in the Women's 100m Butterfly semifinal in Rio on Saturday. "I want to work with that girl once a week". Oleksiak isn't just the first to medal. "What I remember about my first Olympics, I was so young, like Penny".

"She's always been able to find a way to win", he says.

Oleksiak had one individual event remaining: the 100m freestyle with heats and semis on Wednesday and finals Thursday night, and she will certainly be selected for additional relay events. "I think it's going to be pretty surprising in Rio to see what happens", she said in a pre-Olympics interview with the CBC. "They all told me I just have to be here to have a fun time, because I still have the next Olympics to medal and everything, and it just took my nerves away".