Carol Huynh

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Two-Time Olympic Medalist

Event: Wrestling
Hometown: Hazelton, B.C.
Residence: Calgary, Alberta

Athletic Highlights:

2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist
2011 Pan American Games Champion
2010 Commonwealth Games Champion
2008 Olympic Champion (first woman to win wrestling gold for Canada)
2005 World University Games Champion
Four time World Medalist
Ten-time Canadian Champion

As a high-schooler a decade ago in tiny Hazelton, B.C. where the United Church had sponsored her Chinese parents as refugees out of Vietnam, it was her older brother and sister who were always there encouraging her to get into sports.

She was the first of her family born in Canada and provided one of the most memorable moments from the Beijing Games with a gold-medal performance breaking an eight-day medal drought for a country yearning to hear its national anthem.

In Beijing, her tears during the medal ceremony told the story of a young woman who had completed a life-long journey that had taken her back to the country her father had fled over 50 years earlier to win the gold medal for the country that had embraced them as refugees.

Carol took some time following the 2008 Olympics to fulfill some other life goals, completing her Masters in Psychology and purchasing a house with her husband, but continued to add to her championship titles at the 2010 Commonwealth and 2011 Pan American Games.

With sights fixed on London 2012, Carol went into the competition with one goal: to follow up her breakthrough performance with another podium appearance. She did not disappoint, pulling down a bronze medal for Canada.

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