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Our Legacy of Support

 

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At RBC, the Olympic Games represent excellence, teamwork, diversity and commitment-the same values we hold true for our employees, clients and communities. That connection is a major reason why RBC has been one of the longest-standing corporate supporters of the Canadian Olympic Team-and, in fact, of any national Olympic team in the world!

It all started in 1947 when Sidney Dawes, the founder of the Canadian Olympic Committee, phoned the President of the Royal Bank of Canada, Sydney Dobson, and asked for the bank's help in getting the Canadian Olympic team to the Winter Games in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Royal Bank said "yes," and from that day forward, RBC Financial Group has been a supporter of the Canadian Olympic Team and Canadian athletes.

In the 60 years since then, RBC has supported a wide range of programs with the goal of helping amateur athletes achieve their potential-whether that be on the Olympic stage, or at the grassroots level through initiatives that allow access to sport for kids.

 
Year Highlights
1947 RBC makes its first contribution to the Canadian Olympic Association. RBC paid to send the RCAF Flyers hockey team to the Olympic Winter Games in St. Moritz, Switzerland to represent Canada.
1948
St. Moritz, Switzerland
The RCAF Flyers, after the Royal Bank pays to send them to the Olympic Winter Games, reclaim Olympic ice hockey gold for Canada. Meanwhile, on a different ice surface, Barbara Anne Scott (figure skating) becomes the first Canadian women's gold medallist.
 

Olympic Medals

Winter games

1948 St. Moritz, Switzerland

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Summer Games

1948 London, England

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Year Highlights
1952 & 1956 RBC continues its strong support of the Canadian team as nearly 300 athletes compete in four Olympic Games and bring home 14 medals.
 

Olympic Medals

Winter Games

1952 Oslo Norway

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1956 Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy

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Summer Games

1952 Helsinki Finland

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1956 Melbourne, Australia

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Year Highlights
1960
Squaw Valley, USA
Anne Heggtveit becomes Canada's first Alpine Skiing gold medallist.
1960
Rome, Italy
The Stoke Mandeville Wheelchair Games are established by Dr. Ludwig Guttman. He'd been asked to create a rehabilitation program for injured World War II soldiers. In 1960, the Games were held in Rome and later became known as the first Paralympic Games.
1964
Innsbruck, Austria
The 4-man team of Peter Kirby, Doug Anakin, Vic Emery and John Emery become Canada's first bobsleigh gold medal winners.
1964
Tokyo, Japan
Harry Jerome wins the 100 metre bronze in the 1964 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo.
1967 RBC is the first national sponsor of Special Olympics Canada when it is launched in 1968.
1968
Grenoble, France
Nancy Greene wins Canada's first Women's Alpine GS gold medal.
1968
Tel Aviv, Israel
For the first time, Canada is represented at the Paralympic Games.

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Winter Games

1960 Squaw Valley, USA

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1964 Innsbruck, Austria

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1968 Grenoble, France

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Summer Games

1960 Rome, Italy

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1964 Tokyo, Japan

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1968 Mexico City, Mexico

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Summer Games

1968 Tel Aviv, Israel

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1964 Tokyo, Japan

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1968 Mexico City, Mexico

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Year Highlights
1970 RBC is one of the first sponsors of the Canada and Provincial Games, the Commonwealth Games and the Games for the Physically Disabled.
1973 RBC establishes the Royal Bank Junior Olympics.
1974 RBC sells Olympic coins to raise funds and prepare our athletes for the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.
1975 RBC sponsors Montreal's bid to host the Olympic Summer Games. RBC has sponsored every Canadian bid for the Games since.
1975 RBC donates $500,000 to the Olympic Trust of Canada after an Olympic lottery ticket is stolen from the Bank's vault. The stolen ticket turns out to be the winning ticket.
1976
Ornskoldsvic, Sweden
At these, the first Paralympic Winter Games, Team Canada wins its first medals-one gold and two bronze.
1976 RBC is the official sponsor of the Olympic Games in Montreal.
1976
Montreal, Canada
For the first time, the Olympic Games are played on Canadian soil.

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Winter Games

1972 Munich, Germany

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1976 Montreal, Canada

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Summer Games

1972 Sapporo, Japan

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1976 Innsbruck, Austria

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Winter Games

1976 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden

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1972 Heidelberg, Germany

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1976 Toronto, Canada

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Year Highlights
1980
Moscow, USSR
Canada, along with 61 other countries, boycotts the Games.
1980
Arnhem, Holland
Canadian Team places fourth at the Paralympic Games.
1983 RBC becomes a founding member of the Olympic Academy of Canada.
1984
Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
Speed skater, 21-year old Gaetan Boucher, electrifies Canadians by winning two gold medals and 1 bronze.
1984
Los Angeles, USA
Swimmer, Victor Davis wins gold and sets a world record in the 200m breaststroke. He also wins silvers in the 100m breaststroke and the 4x100m medley.
1986 RBC is appointed the Official Bank of the 1988 Calgary Olympic Winter Games.
1988 RBC introduces an Olympic Coin Fundraiser Contest to assist amateur sports clubs and other non-profit organizations in Canada raise money for their programs.
1988 The first Winter Olympic Games on Canadian soil.
1988 RBC is named the Official Bank in Canada of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.
1988
Seoul, South Korea
The Canadian Paralympic Team wins 153 gold medals-a Canadian record.

At the Olympic Games, Lennox Lewis wins gold in super-heavyweight class in boxing.

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Winter Games

1980 Lake Placid, USA

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1984 Sarajevo, Yugoslavia

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1988 Calgary, Canada

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Summer Games

1980 Moscow, USSR
*Did Not Compete*

1984 LA, USA

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1988 Seoul, South Korea

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Winter Games

1980 Geilo, Norway

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1984 Innsbruck, Austria

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1988 Innsbruck, Austria

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Summer Games

1980 Arnhem, Netherlands

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1984 New York, USA/Stoke Mandeville, Great Britain

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1988 Seoul, South Korea

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Year Highlights
1992 RBC becomes a sponsor of Athletics Canada.
1992
Barcelona, Spain
Silken Laumann and the Canadian Rowing Team bring home four gold medals.
1994
Lillehammer, Norway
Jean-Luc Brassard wins Gold on the moguls.

Sledge Hockey is introduced at the Paralympic Winter Games-Canada wins bronze.
1995 RBC becomes a premier sponsor of Hockey Canada and introduces "Toonies for Your Team" helping local sports teams raise funds for uniforms.

RBC introduces the RBC Royal Bank Cup, Canada's national Junior A Hockey Championships, and sponsor of Canada's men's and women's Olympic teams.
1996
Atlanta, USA
Donovan Bailey wins two gold medals. His first comes with a world record in the 100m. His second comes as part of the gold-medal-winning Canadian men's 4x100m relay team.
1998
Nagano, Japan
Ross Rebagliati wins the first men's Olympic Snowboarding gold medal. Canadian Men's Sledge Hockey wins silver.
1999 RBC sponsors the Pan Am Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Winter Games

1992 Albertville, France

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1994 Lillehammer, Norway

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1998 Nagano, Japan

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Summer Games

1992 Barcelona, Spain

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1996 Atlanta, USA

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1992 Tignes-Albertville, France

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1994 Lillehammer, Norway

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1998 Nagano, Japan

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Summer Games

1992 Barcelona, Spain

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1996 Atlanta, USA

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Year Highlights
2000 RBC launches RBC Olympic FanFair, an interactive sports pavilion that travels to events and festivals across the country encouraging Canadians to participate in Olympic sports. It raises over $100,000 for amateur athletes.
2000 RBC offers a special COA VISA Affinity card that contributes funds to Canadian Amateur athletes.
2000 As part of its overall support of the Toronto 2008 Olympic bid, RBC becomes the first corporate supporter of the newly created Foundation for Athletes and Sport Training (FAST), which benefits amateur athletes from the novice to national levels.
2000
Sydney, Australia
Simon Whitfield wins Canada's first triathlon gold medal at the Olympic Games. RBC Olympian, Elizabeth Walker-Young, wins three golds and sets three world records in swimming at the Paralympic Games.
2001 RBC hires ten athletes through the Canadian Olympic Committee's Career's Opportunities Program.
2002 RBC becomes a sponsor of Vancouver's bid for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
2002 RBC launches the RBC Olympians Program, providing flexible, career-oriented work experience that accommodates an athlete's training and competition schedule. Athletes also acquire much-needed funding to train and compete.
2002
Salt Lake City, USA
For the first time in Canadian Olympic history, both the men's and women's ice hockey teams win gold.

Jamie Salé and David Pelletier win gold in Pairs Figure Skating.
2003 RBC launches the "RBC Local Hockey Leaders" program to recognize and celebrate those behind-the-scenes individuals who inspire others in community hockey.
2003 RBC becomes the presenting sponsor for the Canadian Olympic Committee's Olympic Education Program encouraging kids to explore Olympic Values including excellence, leadership, respect, and fun.
2003 RBC becomes an official sponsor of the Canadian Snowboard Team
2004
Athens, Greece
RBC Olympian Amy Alsop and her team defend gold in Paralympic goalball, while another RBC Olympian, Elizabeth Walker-Young, wins a silver and bronze in swimming at the Paralympic Games. RBC Olympian Ross MacDonald and Mike Wolfs win silver in Star Class sailing regatta.
2004 RBC becomes an official sponsor of the Canadian Freestyle Ski Team and introduces the "RBC Jumps and Bumps" grassroots program for young Freestyle Skiing athletes.
2005 RBC is named a Premier National Partner by the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler.
2006 RBC proudly sponsors the Canadian team in their bid for gold at the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy.
2008 RBC continues to support Canadian Olympians and Paralympians heading to the Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

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Winter Games

2002 Salt Lake City, USA

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2006 Torino, Italy

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Summer Games

2000 Sydney, Australia

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2004 Athens, Greece

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2002 Salt Lake City, USA

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2006 Torino, Italy

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Summer Games

2000 Sydney, Australia

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2004 Athens, Greece

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Year Highlights
2010 RBC was a Premier National Partner for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and a Presenting Partner for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays.
2011 RBC renewed its sponsorship commitment to Canada’s Olympic Team beyond, signing on as a Premier National Partner of the Canadian Olympic Committee through 2016.
2012 RBC supported Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic Athletes competing at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, England.
2014 RBC continues to support the Canadian Olympic Team as a Premier National Partner as the athletes compete at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.