Athletes marching with the Canadian flag

Turin 2006

Team Canada Medal Count

Gold medal icon 7
Silver medal icon 10
Bronze medal icon 7

Flag Bearers

Opening Ceremony

Closing Ceremony

Games Summary

XX Olympic Winter Games

Turin was a first ballot selection to host the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, the first time the Winter Games would be held in Italy in 50 years. With a population of more than 850,000, it became the largest city to ever host the Winter Games. While the indoor ice sports were held in Turin itself, other sports took place throughout the Piedmont region, in such locales as Bardonecchia (snowboard), Pinerolo (curling), Pragelato (Nordic sports), Cesana-Pariol (sliding sports), San Sicario (alpine skiing), and Sauze d’Oulx (freestyle skiing).

For the seventh straight Winter Games, Canada improved upon its medal total, achieving another best ever with 24. This time, Canada also broke into the top three in the medal table, finishing behind only Germany (29) and the United States (25).

Athlete skiing

The party got started on the first day of competition when Jennifer Heil won gold in the women’s moguls. She was the first Canadian woman to ever win Olympic gold in freestyle skiing.

Cindy Klassen-cover posing with her medals

Canada’s biggest medal haul came in long track speed skating, where the eight medals won were second only to the Netherlands. Cindy Klassen was declared the “woman of the Games” by then-IOC President Jacques Rogge after she won five medals, bringing her career total to six and making her Canada’s most decorated Olympian of all-time. Klassen’s haul was highlighted by her gold medal in 1500m, in which she shared the podium with silver medal-winning teammate Kristina Groves. She also shared the 5000m podium with Clara Hughes, whose gold medal made her the first athlete in Olympic history to win multiple medals at both the Summer and Winter Games. Canada won silver in both the men’s and women’s team pursuits as the event made its Olympic debut.

Canadian speed skaters

Canadian short track speed skaters contributed four medals, including a pair of silver medals in both the men’s and women’s relays. The women’s ice hockey team successfully defended the gold medal won four years earlier in Salt Lake City.

Canadian athletes posing with their medals

Once again, both Canadian curling teams reached the podium. The men’s team, skipped by Brad Gushue, had recruited two-time Brier and world champion Russ Howard to join them for the Canadian trials. The new combination proved fruitful as the team won Canada’s first ever Olympic gold medal in the men’s event and Howard became Canada’s oldest Olympic gold medallist at age 50. The women’s team, skipped by Shannon Kleibrink, won bronze.

cross country skier celebrating

Canada won two more cross-country skiing medals. At age 22, Chandra Crawford stunned the world with her gold medal in the sprint and enthralled all Canadians with her exuberant reaction on the podium. Beckie Scott won her second straight Olympic medal, this one a silver in the team sprint with Sara Renner.

two Canadian athletes on the podium

Canada won half of the skeleton medals as Duff Gibson and Jeff Pain finished 1-2 in the men’s event while Mellisa Hollingsworth won bronze in the women’s event. At age 39, Gibson was at the time the oldest athlete to ever win a Winter Olympic medal in an individual event. Also on the sliding track, Pierre Lueders won his second career Olympic medal, this time taking silver in the two-man event with Lascelles Brown.

athlete figure skating

Jeff Buttle‘s bronze in the men’s event maintained Canada’s Olympic podium streak in figure skating that dated back to 1984 while Dominique Maltais won bronze in the Olympic debut of snowboard cross.

Dominique Maltais snowboarding


Canadian Medallists

Event Athlete Finish Sport
MenDuff GibsonGoldSkeleton
MenBrad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Russ Howard, Jamie Korab, Mike AdamGoldCurling
WomenMeghan Agosta, Gillian Apps, Jennifer Botterill, Cassie Campbell, Gillian Ferrari, Danielle Goyette, Jayna Hefford, Becky Kellar, Gina Kingsbury, Charline Labonté, Carla MacLeod, Caroline Ouellette, Cherie Piper, Cheryl Pounder, Colleen Sostorics, Kim St-Pierre, Vicky Sunohara, Sarah Vaillancourt, Katie Weatherston, Hayley WickenheiserGoldIce Hockey
1,500m - WomenCindy KlassenGoldSpeed Skating - Long Track
5,000m - WomenClara HughesGoldSpeed Skating - Long Track
Sprint - WomenChandra CrawfordGoldSkiing - Cross-Country
Moguls - WomenJenn HeilGoldSkiing - Freestyle
MenJeff PainSilverSkeleton
Two-Man - MenPierre Lueders, Lascelles BrownSilverBobsleigh
500m - MenFrançois-Louis TremblaySilverSpeed Skating - Short Track
Relay 3,000m - WomenAlanna Kraus, Anouk Leblanc-Boucher, Amanda Overland, Kalyna Roberge, Tania VicentSilverSpeed Skating - Short Track
1,000m - WomenCindy KlassenSilverSpeed Skating - Long Track
1,500m - WomenKristina GrovesSilverSpeed Skating - Long Track
Team Pursuit - MenArne Dankers, Steven Elm, Denny Morrison, Jason Parker, Justin WarsylewiczSilverSpeed Skating - Long Track
Team Pursuit - WomenKristina Groves, Clara Hughes, Cindy Klassen, Christine Nesbitt, Shannon RempelSilverSpeed Skating - Long Track
Relay 5,000m - MenÉric Bédard, Jonathan Guilmette, Charles Hamelin, François-Louis Tremblay, Mathieu TurcotteSilverSpeed Skating - Short Track
Team Sprint - WomenSara Renner, Beckie ScottSilverSkiing - Cross-Country
WomenMellisa HollingsworthBronzeSkeleton
WomenGlenys Bakker, Sandra Jenkins, Christine Keshen, Shannon Kleibrink, Amy NixonBronzeCurling
500m - WomenAnouk Leblanc-BoucherBronzeSpeed Skating - Short Track
Singles - MenJeffrey ButtleBronzeFigure Skating
3,000m - WomenCindy KlassenBronzeSpeed Skating - Long Track
5,000m - WomenCindy KlassenBronzeSpeed Skating - Long Track
Snowboard Cross - WomenDominique MaltaisBronzeSnowboard

Overall Medal Count

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
2United States99725
9South Korea63211
10Italy5 - 611
14Finland - 639
15Czech Republic1214
16Estonia3 - - 3
17Croatia12 - 3
18Australia1 - 12
19Poland1 - 12
20Ukraine - - 22
21Japan1 - - 1
T22Great Britain - 1 - 1
T22Bulgaria - 1 - 1
T22Belarus - 1 - 1
T22Slovakia - 1 - 1
26Latvia - - 11