Kelowna native helps Canada to first medal in Rio

Taylor Ruck and the women's by 4 by 100 freestyle team win a bronze medal in the pool.

Kelowna-born Taylor Ruck (right) helped Canada to a bronze medal in swimming at the Rio games.

Kelowna-born Taylor Ruck (right) helped Canada to a bronze medal in swimming at the Rio games.

Kelowna-born Taylor Ruck was a key player in Canada’s first medal at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.

Ruck, 16,  swam the third leg Saturday as the Canadian women won the bronze medal in the 4 by 100 freestyle relay.

The other team members are Sandrine Manville, Chantal Van Landeghem and Penny Oleksiak.

Ruck moved from Kelowna to Scottsdale, AZ when she was 10 months old, but always wanted to represent Canada internationally.

She often returned to the Okanagan in the summers to visit her grandparents and, along with her brother, trained with the Kelowna AquaJets Swim Club.

 

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