VICTORIA – The British Columbia government joins a jubilant nation in
celebrating today’s bronze medal victory by the B.C.-based Canadian
women’s soccer team at the London Olympics, announced Ida Chong,
Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.
The Canadian women edged France 1-0 on a goal by Diana Matheson in
injury time (92nd minute) to claim the bronze medal, Canada’s first in a
traditional summer team sport since the 1936 Berlin Games.
The victory comes after Canada’s heartbreaking 4-3 semifinal loss to the
United States on Monday – in one of the most heavily watched Olympic
events in Canadian history. The bronze caps a highly successful Olympic
tournament for Canada, which included an impressive quarterfinal
decision over host Great Britain.
The Canadian women’s national team trains in Vancouver. Today’s result
will be a significant boost for Team Canada as it begins preparation for
the upcoming 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which Canada is hosting.
* For team roster and hometowns, see Canadian Sport Centre Pacific:
* The win marks Canada’s first Summer Olympic medal in a traditional
team sport since 1936.
* The last Olympic team medal for Canada was won by the men’s basketball
* France beat Canada 4-0 during last year’s World Cup, eliminating
Canada from competition.
* Canada will host the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
* Vancouver is one of the host cities for the 2015 Games.