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Canada’s Olympic athletes to return Tuesday and Wednesday

The Canadian Press | posted Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016


Several members of Canada’s Olympic team — including multi-medallist and closing ceremony flag-bearer Penny Oleksiak — are scheduled to return home early Tuesday.

Oleksiak and the other returning athletes are set to arrive to Toronto’s Pearson Airport at about 5:30 a.m., with a second round of athletes scheduled to arrive at the same time early Wednesday.

Most of the buzz surrounds 16-year-old Oleksiak, who won four swimming medals at the Rio Games, including Canada’s first gold. The Canadian Olympic Committee says she is the country’s youngest ever gold medal winner at an Olympic Games.

Residents in Oleksiak’s east-end Toronto neighbourhood are planning a celebration for her return, tentatively planned for Aug. 28.

Johanna Carlo, a board member of the Beach Village Business Improvement Area, says the group has applied for a permit to hold a big party for Oleksiak and other athletes who have lived in the neighbourhood.

Carlo says they’re planning on having live music, and she’s hoping people will bring home-made signs and wear red and white.


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