16-Year Old Penny Oleksiak Puts Your Childhood to Shame

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.

Her success even has some people wanting Canada to bring back the penny. With a new and improved design, of course.

Congratulations on all your success, Penny! Thank you for giving Canada a reason to watch the summer Olympics again.

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