The Canadian Women’s Olympic Basketball Team had one amazing journey at the London Olympics, but just getting to London was a journey itself. The Canadian Team began their 2012 season out in British Columbia and were stationed there for about a month with try-outs, training camp and exhibition games. They were able to hold three exhibition games against China to help prepare the team for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. In that series, Canada was able to win two games and they dropped the middle one.

Off next was the European trip which featured stops in Scotland and then France where they played games against Great Britain, Croatia, Czech Republic and France.

Then it was off to Turkey where Canada had one last shot to qualify for the London Games. Canada didn’t make it easy on themselves as they waited for the last possible chance to qualify. It was a special Canada Day as they were able to hold off Japan and earn the final spot in the Olympics.

With little expectations from the outside world, Canada marched into the Olympic Games with a near win to second ranked Russian Team. They followed that game with their first Olympic victory since September 24, 2000 against the hosts Great Britain. Canada then faced their rival, France where they lost by a narrow four points. With Canada’s backs against the wall in a must win, they found a way to beat Brazil. This was the first time in history that the Canadian Women’s Olympic Basketball Team  qualified into the quarter-finals at the Olympics. Canada concluded their preliminary schedule with a close game against Australia, which like all their other games went to the wire, but Austrailia pulled through with the win.

Into the quarter-finals, Canada was looking to end the U.S.A. 38 game winning streak in Olympic competition, but Canada fell short to the number one ranked American Team.

Despite the loss, this was a successful run for the team and basketball in Canada. The team showed plenty of heart and pride in each of their games and the team has inspired the next generation of Canadian ballers, and will look forward to a qualification into 2016 in Rio.

Below are some pictures from Canada’s Journey.

Team out front of the Olympic rings
Canadian basketball team outside of Canada House with the moose!
Head Coach, Allison McNeill rallies the troops during timeout
Team salutes the crowd after their victory over Great Britain
Kim Smith shooting over a Great British player
Shona Thorburn taking a jumper against France
Natalie Achonwa fights for a loose ball versus Brazil
Courtnay Pilypaitis being guarded by an American player