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“Team Canada secured our twenty-second medal at the Rio Games this morning, tying our highest ever total at a non-boycotted Olympics. Combined with the Tragically Hip’s concert this evening, it certainly was a monumental day for Canadians everywhere.

The record-tying medal was won by mountain biker Catharine Pendrel, who won bronze in the cross-country race this morning.  And what a gritty performance it was! She began the race unavoidably trapped behind a crash, pushing her into 15th spot.  From there, she put her head down and pressed on mightily, passing rider after rider, earning a spot up on the podium.  What an inspiring – and truly Canadian – performance.

Our Innovation & Research Lead, Dr. Trent Stellingwerff, has worked extremely closely with Catharine over the past few years leading up to Rio and has see her drive and dedication up close.  Using the expertise that has made him one of the most highly respected physiologists in the Canadian sport system, Dr. Stellingwerff was a key member of “the team behind the team” that worked with Catharine to get her on the podium.  We are as delighted as anyone to see all of her hard work rewarded.  She is truly an amazing athlete.

As Day 15 comes to a close, it’s hard to believe it’s the closing ceremonies already tomorrow.  What a Summer Games it has been!”

Wendy Pattenden
CEO, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific



Find out how CSI Pacific-affiliated athletes are faring at the Rio Olympics


Pendrel’s Gritty Performance Earns Canada Record-Tying Medal

Catharine Pendrel (Kamloops, BC) overcame a disastrous start in Women’s Cross-country in Mountain Bike to capture the bronze medal at Deodoro, Brazil on Saturday morning.  The race featured an unavoidable crash at the beginning which was extremely bad luck for Pendrel as the crash pinned her back to 15th place.  

In an unbelievably gritty effort, she spent the remainder of the race in catch-up mode, passing the other riders one-by-one and gaining a place on the podium with her gritty bronze medal finish.

Catharine Pendrel works very closely with Canadian Sport Institute Pacific Innovation & Research Lead and physiologist Trent Stellingwerff. 


Canadian Runners Set Multiple Canadian Bests In The Evening’s Races


In the Women’s 800mMelissa Bishop (Eganville, ON) set a new Canadian Record – one of many Canadian Records to fall in Rio – racing in a time of 1:57.02, which was just shy of the podium, giving her a 4th place finish.

After the race featured some disqualifications and subsequent reinstatements, Mohammed Ahmed (St. Catharines, ON) also set a new Canadian standard, coming in 4th in the in Men’s 5000m final, the best ever result by a Canadian in that race at the Olympics.

CSI Pacific-affiliated athlete Sage Watson (Medicine Hat, AB) was one of four Canadians running the Women’s 4x400m race later in the Rio night. The team finished in a very impressive fourth position in the final.

Nate Brannen (Cambridge, ON) came in 10th in the Men’s 1500m final.  It was Brennan’s first Olympic final in his third, and likely final, attempt.


Three Canadian Women Take On Triathlon On Day 15


The Women’s Triathlon was run this morning along beautiful Copacabana Beach, with three Canadians racing.  Amélie Kretz (Blainville, Quebec) finshed 34th, Kirsten Sweetland (Victoria, BC) came in 41st and Sarah-Anne Brault (Quebec City, QC) was right behind her in 42nd.



Evan Dunfee

Sport: 50km Race Walk
Born: September 28, 1990
Birthplace: Richmond, BC
Hometown: Richmond, BC




the number of non-boycotted Summer Olympics in which Canada has topped the 22 medals achieved by Team Canada in Rio. Their four gold medals also tied them for 2nd highest gold medal count ever in a Summer Games.




Collaborate. Serve. Innovate.


Many Canadian Sport Institute Pacific staff worked work with these athletes and their sport governing bodies at Rio, with 12 sport scientists from six different disciplines working at the Games, including two staff members working as part of the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Mission Staff for Performance Analysis. CSI Pacific was also represented in the broadcast booth, where Rowing NextGen Coach Barney Williams served as an analyst on CBC’s broadcast team. The Rio 2016 Olympic Games marked the largest contingent of Canadian Sport Institute Pacific staff ever at a Summer Games.


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About Canadian Sport Institute Pacific: Powering Performance. Inspiring Excellence.
Offering world-class Olympic and Paralympic training environments in Vancouver, Whistler and Victoria, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific ( is committed to Powering Performance. Inspiring Excellence. Working with national sport organizations and fueled by our national and provincial partners such as Sport Canada, viaSport, Own the Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Coaches Association of Canada, we are driven by our mantra to Collaborate. Serve. Innovate. Our team of sport scientists and medical experts provide leading edge programs and services to athletes and coaches to ensure they have every advantage to win medals for Canada.

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Noah Wheelock
Manager, Communications
Canadian Sport Institute Pacific

Lance Doucet
Coordinator, Communications
Canadian Sport Institute Pacific