This third-place finish in a major international competition is the best-ever result recorded in the Women’s National Team program history. It also marks the first summer Olympics medal by a traditional team sport since 1936.
The Canadian Soccer Association would like to congratulate the Women’s National Team players, Head Coach John Herdman and the entire staff on their bronze-medal victory today at the London 2012 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament.
This third-place finish in a major international “A” competition is the best-ever result recorded in the Women’s National Team program history. It also marks the first summer Olympics medal by a traditional team sport since 1936.
“The Canadian Soccer Association would like to thank all of our partners for their support of the Women’s National Team program, in particular the Government of Canada, Own the Podium and the Canadian Olympic Committee,” said Victor Montagliani, President of the Canadian Soccer Association. “We also want to thank the millions of Canadians who have embraced this team and given the players unprecedented support to reach the podium. We are extremely proud of the incredible strength, character and courage that has captured the country’s imagination and inspired the nation.”
Viewership ratings released by Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium following the Canada-USA semi-final match demonstrated Canadians’ passion for the team and the beautiful game. That semi-final match was the second most-watched Olympic event ever on TSN after it reached an average of 3.84 million viewers.
The Canadian Soccer Association looks forward to welcoming the team back to Canada after such a memorable performance and providing fans an opportunity to show their appreciation.
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