London's own Maggie Mac Neil comes home with every colour medal

Olympian Maggie Mac Neil came home this weekend after receiving a gold, silver and bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

Although tired and getting use to the time change, Mac Neil spoke with Ken and Loreena on News Talk 1290 CJBK early Tuesday morning.

With the pandemic, she told CJBK, "I pretty much didn't go in with any expectations because of the year that we had."

No expectations, but she came home with three medals to her name:

  • Gold: Women's 100m butterfly
  • Silver: Women's 4x100m freestyle relay
  • Bronze: Women's 4x100m medley relay

With those medals has come new-found fame. She got a bit of a taste of it after winning worlds in 2019, but now she's a well-known Canadian, even getting a follow on Instagram from Ryan Reynolds, and having a brief conversation with him via direct messaging.

"I was getting so many followers a day but I kept scrolling and I was like, I found it and I was, it was just shocking. I told him The Proposal was one of my favorite movies, so I was like I texted him that and he's like, 'Oh, I love that movie too,' so it was really it was really cool."

As her hometown of London cheered her on, she also took time to speak to swimmers that she once swam with saying, "I was where they are. If you want to do something and put your mind to it, you can accomplish whatever you want."

Mac Neil claimed she's a 'swim nerd' who's constantly checking stats to see what she can do to get better.

The 21-year-old said the team had a final debriefing after the competition, counting down the two years plus until the next Olympics, but also making sure to enjoy the moment.

Although there was talk of Mac Neil being the flag bearer at the closing ceremonies of the Olympics, the Canadian Olympic Committee rules state that Olympians must depart within 24-48 hours of their final competition due to COVID-19 regulations.

Now that she's home, she assumes it will be one of the Olympians who is still in Tokyo.

What is the Olympian going to do now that she's home?

"Probably chill out, maybe take a nap at some point…have a campfire and a homemade drive-in with some of my friends."

- With files from CTV News London's Brent Lale

I just want to say thank you to everyone who tuned in to my first Olympic journey ❤️ I couldn’t have done it without you all! (seriously!)

It it amazing to come home with these, and I’m so proud to represent London and the best country out there ����

— Maggie Mac Neil OLY (@mags_swims26) August 1, 2021