Canadian Olympic swimmer Penny Oleksiak set a new record, becoming the first Canadian athlete to win four medals at the Summer Olympics. Oh ya, and she's also 16. The swimming sensation tied for a gold medal in the women's 100m freestyle and she pretty much solidified her spot as Canada's new favorite and no one really knows what to do with themselves. In a summer where all 8 of Canada's medals have been won by women, 4 of those come from our Lucky Penny. To put in to perspective how young she is, Penny isn't even allowed to drive a car by herself yet (according to the laws where she's from.) And yet she's able to carry the weight of the nation on her shoulders without letting it slow her down. What an incredible young woman.
Her early success has gotten many people thinking about what they were doing at age 16. While she's out here winning medals and delivering national pride, take a look at what some others were doing at her age.
CONGRATS to @OleksiakPenny for getting our first gold medal! When I was 16, I was singing Simple Plan and crying.— Nick Ross (@NickBossRoss) August 12, 2016
When I was 16 I nearly rolled my dad's jeep and worked at a Dairy Queen. I had zero Olympic medals.— Joe Boughner (RBM) (@McLlwainsWorld) August 12, 2016
Penny Oleksiak now has two Olympic medals at the age of 16. When I was 16, I thought dedication was waking up before 10 am on a Saturday.— Michaela Schreiter (@Schreids) August 8, 2016
Oleksiak turned 16 less than two months ago.— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) August 11, 2016
When I was 16 my biggest achievement was being alive for 16 consecutive years.
Penny Oleksiak is 16 & just accomplished so much in a single race.— Allison Currie (@AlleyDalley) August 8, 2016
I was proud of my Backstreet Boys poster collection when I was 16.
Her success even has some people wanting Canada to bring back the penny. With a new and improved design, of course.
Bring back the Penny. pic.twitter.com/xqEpU1mGTx— Matthew Henderson (@mhenderson95) August 12, 2016
Congratulations on all your success, Penny! Thank you for giving Canada a reason to watch the summer Olympics again.