Why do people even care about the Lou Marsh Award for Canada’s athlete of the year?
Maybe because it levels the playing field. It’s not split into male and female categories. It doesn’t matter if you’re an amateur or a professional… and in this year’s case, a 16-year-old high school student can beat out a Stanley Cup champion.
Toronto’s very own Penny Oleksiak, who won four medals at this year’s Summer Olympics in Rio beat out the likes of Pittsburgh Penguins captain and part-time Tim Hortons employee Sidney Crosby.
Oleksiak anchored the 4x200 freestyle relay that won gold at the world championships last weekend, shattering Canadian record by TEN SECONDS— Melissa Couto (@ThrowinSmoke) December 13, 2016
I love hockey and respect the hell out of Sidney Crosby, but picking him over Oleksiak for this year's Lou Marsh would have been madness.— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) December 13, 2016
I love Crosby. He's an incredible player. But Penny Oleksiak has broken Canadian records all year while also worrying about homework.— DeRally DeCap (@_rallycap) December 13, 2016
If you are arguing Penny Oleksiak did not deserve to win the Lou Marsh Trophy I will fight you. Not physically, or anything, but still.— SeanFitz_Gerald (@SeanFitz_Gerald) December 13, 2016