Carol Huynh

Carol Huynh is a Canadian wrestler who has achieved remarkable success in the world of wrestling. She has medaled at various prestigious events, showcasing her exceptional skill and dedication to the sport.

One of Huynh’s significant achievements was her gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the women’s freestyle wrestling 48kg category. This victory was a historic moment for both Huynh and Canada, as it marked the first Olympic gold medal for a Canadian female wrestler. At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England, Carol remained on the podium with a bronze medal finish, also at 48 kg.

In addition to her Olympic success, Carol Huynh has also excelled at the World Wrestling Championships. She has earned a silver medal in 2001, and three bronze medals in 2000, 2005 and 2010 at the World Wrestling Championships. These accomplishments further solidify her position as a top-tier wrestler on the global stage.

Following her retirement from competitive wrestling in 2013 and her induction into the FILA Hall of Fame, Carol Huynh assumed the role of chairwoman within the international wrestling federation. Additionally, on December 8th, 2015, she was appointed as Canada’s assistant chef de mission for the Rio Olympics. Recognizing her outstanding contributions to the sport, Huynh was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. Since 2015, she has been serving as the Next Gen coach for Wrestling Canada, based in Calgary. Beginning in 2022, Huynh is now an assistant coach for the University of Calgary Dinos. 

Huynh’s remarkable career and consistent excellence has inspired many aspiring wrestlers and contributed to the growth and recognition of women’s wrestling in Canada and beyond. Her dedication, skill, and pioneering achievements have left an indelible mark on the sport, making her a role model for aspiring athletes worldwide.

Key Highlights

2008 Olympic Champion

2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist

2007 & 2011 Pan-American Games Champion

2010 Commonwealth Games Champion

2001 Senior World Silver Medalist

2000, 2005 & 2010 Senior World Bronze Medalist

11-Time National Champion

Member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

Member of the Canada Sports Hall of Fame

Member of the UWW Hall of Fame