Top 10 Famous Athletes Born and Raised in Canada

Below you can read a list of some athletes who have managed to represent Canada in the world.

Cory Joseph

Coming from a family of athletes, Cory Joseph plays for the Toronto Raptors. He attended the University of Texas and was recruited, along with his friend Tristan Tompson, for the SA Spurs in 2011. It was the second time in NBA history that two Canadians were recruited in the first round of the same draft.

Joseph won his first game in 2014. In 2015 he signed with the Raptors for $30 million.

Jennifer Abel

Of Haitian descent, but born and raised in Montreal, Jennifer is one of the youngest to participate in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She has represented Canada twice.

Tristan Tompson

Tristan was born in Toronto but grew up in Brampton with Cory Joseph. He currently plays with the Cleveland Cavs. After finishing at the University of Texas, he was recruited in 2011 by the Cavs. He still plays with them as a center – booster.

Phylicia George

She is originally from Markham, Ontario. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut and two years later competed in the Olympics. It was in her participation in 2012 when she finished sixth in sprint fencing. She achieved a personal best with her time.

Kaya Turski

Kaya is known as the queen of the ski slopes. She was born in Montreal but moved to Whistler at age 17 to train. In 2011, she became the first woman to get a 1080 slopestyle change. She was an 8-time Winter X Games champion.

Connor McDavid

Connor McDavid grew up in Richmond Hill. He attended Premier Elite Athletes Collegiate, a private school for elite athletes. He was named an Exceptional Player by Hockey Canada. He entered OHL and played for the Erie Otters. In 2015, he was recruited by the Edmonton Oilmen.

Jonathan Drouin

Jonathan was first signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Today, he is one of the team’s and NHL’s most sought-after players. He has scored 11 points in 13 games in the current playoffs.

Dara Howell

Dara was the first woman to Freeski in the world to win a gold medal in piste style at the 2014 Winter Olympics. She dedicated her medal to her fellow skier who died during training, Sarah Burke. She studied at Huntsville High School and graduated from Tawingo College.

Evan McEachran

Evan was born in 1997. He graduated from Oakville Trafalgar High School in 2015. It was during the 2014 AFP World Championships in Whistler that his fame began to grow. That same year, he won fourth place in the Dumont Cup.

He also won second place at the Aspen Open and first place at the North Face Open. He reached the 14th place in the X Games.

Christine Peng Peng Lee

Better known as Peng Peng, this artistic gymnast was born in Canada in 1993. She studied at Northview Heights High School in North York. She currently attends UCLA. In 2012 she suffered a knee injury that kept her away from the sport. She was unable to attend the London Olympics.

There is no doubt that these athletes are a source of pride for Canada.