Olympian Penny Oleksiak on winning gold, Drake and her love of Pokémon GO

Penny Oleksiak's golden Olympic debut was one for the record books. The 16-year-old became Canada's most decorated athlete in a single summer games by winning a total of four medals in the pool. The swimmer captured two bronze, a silver and the biggest prize of all - gold in the women's 100m freestyle. Now that her competition is over, the Toronto native has revealed the one thing she can't wait to do.


"I just want to get home to see my friends and my dog and catch some Pokémon!" said the teen during an interview on Kiss 92.5's Roz & Mocha Show. Speaking from Rio, Penny reflected on being a podium powerhouse and revealed where she is currently keeping her hardware. "The [medals] are back in my building in some nice Roots socks!"


Penny's golden moment in Rio.

Penny's performance captivated the country, including two very famous fans. "Shawn Mendes tweeted at me and it that was pretty amazing. Just to be able to hear from someone that a lot of people look up to and a lot of people know, it’s pretty great," she admitted, adding that getting a shoutout from one of her favourite rappers Drake was "crazy." The fellow Torontonian penned his congratulations to the swimmer on Instagram, even welcoming her into his exclusive OVO crew.

OVOPenny aka @typicalpen we are so proud of you!!!! Can't wait to see you when you are back from Rio at a show!

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After coming down from her Rio excitement, the teen will return to school the first week of September. And while her peers have added new clothes and shoes to their back-to-school wardrobes, the grade 11 student insists that her medals won't play a part in her first day of school ensemble.

Penny also told Kiss 92.5 that she has some big plans for the money she earned for her medal finishes. ($20,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze). "I’m going to donate some to charity and give some to my parents so they can finish off some house renovations."

Check out the full interview here.

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