Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves is first. Cleveland Cavaliers drafted Wiggins first overall in 2014. Before his NBA debut, he was traded to Minnesota, where he won Rookie of the Year. Wiggins is a budding NBA star due to his quickness and skill. The Ontario native has represented Canada internationally, notably at the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship.
Connor McDavid is a young star like Wiggins. McDavid is in his second season as captain of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers. As a teenager, he tore up developmental and junior divisions before making his NHL debut at 18 in 2015. McDavid was the top choice in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and recently made his first All-Star participation.
Christine Sinclair is #8 on our list. Sinclair has scored the second-most international goals in women's soccer. She's represented Canada at 4 FIFA Women's World Cups and 3 Summer Olympics, winning bronze in 2012 and 2016. Sinclair has won Canada Soccer Player of the Year 12 times and been nominated for FIFA's World Player of the Year 6 times.
Brooke Henderson, 19, has won 3 LPGA tournaments, including 1 Major. The 2016 KPMG Women's PGA Championship was her biggest triumph. She's now ranked 8th in the world, a place she'll surely surpass. Henderson, from Smith Falls, Ontario, also competed in Rio.
Derek Drouin is the 6th best Canadian athlete. Drouin won the 2015 World Championships and 2016 Olympics in Men's High Jump. He also owns Olympic and World bronze medals from 2012. In 2014, he set the Canadian record at 2.40m. Drouin earned gold at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and 5 NCAA crowns with Indiana.
The "World's Greatest Athlete" title usually goes to the best decathlete, as the sport requires running, throwing, and jumping. London, Ontario decathlete Damian Warner should be included. Warner won 2016 Olympic bronze and 2015 and 2013 World Championship silver and bronze. He holds the Canadian decathlon record and has progressed over his career, so expect him to keep making an impact globally.
Milos Raonic was born in Yugoslavia and relocated to Canada at age 3. Currently ranked 4th, he was 3rd in 2016. Raonic has won 8 ATP titles and $14 million (USD). While he hasn't won a Grand Slam, he reached the Wimbledon final in 2016 and the Australian Open and Wimbledon semi-finals in 2014.
Scarborough, Ontario's Andre De Grasse started racing in high school. De Grasse won the 100m and 200m events at the 2015 NCAA Championships for USC. He won gold in the 100m and 200m at the 2015 Pan American Games and bronze at the 2015 World Championships. De Grasse's 2016 may have been better.
Penny Oleksiak used the 2016 Olympics to advance her career. Oleksiak is a freestyle and butterfly swimmer who won 4 medals at Rio: gold in the 100m freestyle, silver in the 100m butterfly, and bronze in both 4 100m and 4 x 200m freestyle relays. She set 100m freestyle and butterfly records.
Given Canada's love of hockey, it's only right that a player tops this list. Sidney Crosby has been at the pinnacle of his sport for a decade, winning success with the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins and Team Canada. Nova Scotia-born