Canada, represented by the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom, from 27 July to 12 August 2012. Canadian athletes have competed in every Summer Olympic Games since 1900, except the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow because of the United States-led boycott. Canada sent a total of 281 athletes to the Games to compete in 24 sports. The COC set a goal of finishing in the top 12 for total medals; but the nation failed to achieve this, finishing with a total of 18 medals. Canada matched its total medal count from Beijing 2008.
However, Canada won only a single gold medal in London, its lowest count of golds in a Summer Olympic games since 1976; it was awarded to trampoline gymnast Rosannagh MacLennan in the women's event. In addition to the gold medal, Canada left London with 5 silver and 12 bronze medals. Diving pair Émilie Heymans and Jennifer Abel won the nation's first medal in the women's synchronized springboard event. Heymans, became the first Canadian athlete to win Olympic medals in four consecutive games. Canada also won the bronze medal match in the women's soccer tournament, the first for the nation since 1904, and the first in a traditional team sport since 1936. Among the countries having one gold medal in previous Olympics, Canada's performance at these Games broke the record for the highest total medals. This was despite several Canadian athletes just missing out of the medal finishes including the men's 4 x 100 m sprint relay team who were disqualified after finishing in third.
Several Canadian athletes, considered as strong medal contenders, missed out of the podium during their final events. The men's sprint relay team, led by Jared Connaughton, held the third fastest time in the finals, but were later disqualified for a lane violation. Trampoline gymnasts Jason Burnett and Karen Cockburn missed out of winning another Olympic medal for the first time. Triathlete and two-time Olympic medalist Simon Whitfield was forced to withdraw from the men's event after suffering minor injuries from a bike crash. Springboard diver and medal favourite Alexander Despatie made a disappointing performance in the men's final event, finishing only in eleventh place. Track cyclist Tara Whitten finished fourth in a grueling two-day women's omnium event, when she was a former two time world champion in the event. Other medal failures included the female badminton team's defeat in the bronze medal match, defending champion Eric Lamaze, who failed to advance into the finals in the individual jumping event, and fourth-place finishes in swimming, specifically in the women's 4x200 freestyle relay event, and in synchronized swimming.
The Canadian Olympic Committee selected a team of 281 athletes, 119 men and 153 women, to compete in all sports except handball and field hockey. The nation's team size was roughly smaller by 60 athletes from the previous games. Along with the nation's athletes, Canada also sent a team of 93 coaches and 137 members from the mission staff. For the second time in its Olympic history, Canada was represented by more female than male athletes. Athletics was the largest team by sport, with a total of 45 competitors.
The Canadian team included several past Olympic champions, three of them defending (freestyle wrestler Carol Huynh, equestrian jumping rider Eric Lamaze, and the men's coxed eight rowing team). Equestrian show jumper Ian Millar became the first athlete to compete at his tenth Olympic games, and also, the oldest athlete of the team at age 65. Eight rower Lesley Thompson, Canada's oldest female athlete, made her seventh Olympic appearance, having participated since 1984 (except the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, where she was not selected). Gymnast Victoria Moors, on the other hand, was the youngest athlete of the team, at age 15. Other Canadian athletes featured road cyclist Clara Hughes, who competed at both Summer and Winter Olympic games, two-time silver medalist Alexander Despatie in springboard diving, multiple-time Olympic medalist Adam van Koeverden in sprint kayaking, and swimmers Ryan Cochrane and Brent Hayden.
Former backstroke swimmer and 1992 Summer Olympics gold medalist Mark Tewksbury was the nation's chef de mission, while former diver and 1984 Summer Olympics gold medalist Sylvie Bernier became an assistant chef de mission. Triathlete and double Olympic medalist Simon Whitfield was the nation's flag bearer at the opening ceremony.
Canada qualified one male and female archer. Jason Lyon won a quota spot by finishing in the top 5 in the men's individual event at the 2011 World Archery Championships in Turin, Italy. However, Crispin Duenas won the right to represent Canada at the Games after winning the Olympic trials. Marie-Pier Beaudet won the continental qualification event and the Canadian trials to qualify for the 2012 Olympics.
Canadian athletes achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of three athletes in each event at the 'A' Standard, and one at the 'B' Standard): The team was selected based on the results of the 2012 Canadian Olympic Track & Field Trials in Calgary on 27–30 June.Key
Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
Q = Qualified for the next round
q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
NR = National record
N/A = Round not applicable for the event
Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Track & road events
* Canada initially placed third in the 4 × 100 m relay, but were subsequently disqualified for stepping on the lane line.Field events
Combined events – Decathlon
Track & road events
Combined events – Heptathlon
Canada qualified four badminton athletes. The team was officially announced on 18 May 2012. The women's doubles pairing of Alexandra Bruce and Michelle Li finished last in the round-robin portion, losing all three of their matches. However, the top two teams in the group were disqualified for attempting to intentionally lose matches so they would have an easier match-up in the quarterfinals. The duo was advanced to their quarterfinals and won, but lost in the semifinals and bronze medal game.
Canada qualified a women's basketball team. Canada's team officially qualified on Canada Day (1 July) and became the 12th and final team to qualify for the tournament.Team roster
The following is the Canada roster in the women's basketball tournament of the 2012 Summer Olympics.Group play
Canada qualified three boxers to compete in London. Two male boxers qualified at the Pan American qualification event. Mary Spencer was awarded a wildcard by the International Boxing Association.
Canada qualified eight canoe/kayak athletes.
Canada qualified a boat for the following event:
Canada qualified boats for the following events:Men
Qualification Legend: FA = Qualify to final (medal); FB = Qualify to final B (non-medal)
Canada qualified cyclists for the following eventsSprint
Note: Laura Brown was named on the women's team pursuit squad but did not compete.
Legend: Q=Qualified to next round; R=Repechage
Canada qualified 11 quota spots in diving. On 28 May 2012, nine athletes were announced to the team.Men
Canada qualified a full team in dressage and eventing team competitions through the 2011 Pan American Games. Canada qualified a team in jumping team competition.
Canada also qualified three athletes in the individual dressage competition, and 5 athletes in the individual eventing competition. They also qualified four athletes in the individual jumping competition.
Canada qualified five fencers.
Canada qualified a women's team.Women's team – 18 athletes
The following is the Canada squad in the women's soccer tournament of the 2012 Summer Olympics. ‹See Tfd› Players in slanted font are alternates who did not compete and did not receive a medal as Canada won bronze.
Coach: John HerdmanGroup play
Bronze medal game
03 ! Won bronze medal
Canada selected a team of athletes competing in artistic, rhythmic, and trampoline gymnastics. For the second time in its Olympic history, Canada qualified for the women's artistic gymnastics team final, the first since the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, and the first in a non-boycotting games. In trampoline gymnastics, Rosannagh MacLennan, competing at her second Olympics, won Canada's only gold medal in the women's event. Three-time Olympic medalist Karen Cockburn, however, missed out of the medal standings for the first time.Men
Canada qualified eight judokas.Men
Melanie McCann qualified through the 2011 Pan American Games
Canada qualified seven boats.Men
Qualification Legend: FA=Final A (medal); FB=Final B (non-medal); FC=Final C (non-medal); FD=Final D (non-medal); FE=Final E (non-medal); FF=Final F (non-medal); SA/B=Semifinals A/B; SC/D=Semifinals C/D; SE/F=Semifinals E/F; QF=Quarterfinals; R=Repechage
Canada qualified 1 boat for each of the following events.Men
M = Medal race; EL = Eliminated – did not advance into the medal race
Canada qualified the following shooters:
After the 2012 Canadian Olympic swimming trials held in late March in Montreal, 31 swimmers, (13 male and 18 female) an increase of four from the 2008 Summer Olympics.Men
* Tera van Beilen lost to Jamaica's Alia Atkinson in a swim-off match for the final.
Canada qualified a duet and a team by winning the 2011 Pan American Games.
Canada qualified a men's team, provisionally qualifying a third athlete. Zhang Mo qualified by winning the 2011 Pan American Games.
The Canadian team was selected after the senior Olympic trials held in January 2012.
Canada qualified three singles players, and two doubles teams.
Canada qualified five triathletes.
Both men's and women's team qualified after winning the NORCECA Continental Beach Volleyball Cup.
Canada obtained three women's quotas.
Canada qualified nine quota places in wrestling.
Key:VT - Victory by Fall.PP - Decision by Points - the loser with technical points.PO - Decision by Points - the loser without technical points.