Greg Joy

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Olympic medal record
Men's athletics
Silver medal – second place 1976 Montreal High jump

Gregory Andrew Joy (born April 23, 1956 in Portland, Oregon) is an American-born Canadian high jumper who competed from 1973 to 1982 for Canada.


He won the silver medal in the high jump at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. This was the highest medal earned by Canada, which became the first host country in summer Olympic history not to produce at least one gold medal winner. He was selected to carry Canada's flag at the closing ceremonies.[1]

Born in the U.S. to Canadian parents, Joy lived in Vancouver from age 9 to 17. For his achievement, Joy was voted the winner of the Lionel Conacher Award as Canada's top male athlete of 1976[2] and the Norton Crowe Award as Canada's top male amateur athlete of the year.[3]

Joy's final successful jump from those games would be part of CBC's nightly sign-off montage.[4]

He would later marry Sue Holloway, who won two canoe sprint medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and also competed in the 1976 Winter Olympics in cross-country skiing.[1]

In 1995, he ran as a Progressive Conservative candidate in the riding of Ottawa West, in the 1995 provincial election, finishing second to Bob Chiarelli by 1,618 votes. As of 2012 he was an adjudicator for the landlord and tenant board in Ottawa.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Gary Kingston (August 8, 2012). "'76 Olympian Greg Joy happy to see 'complete set' for Canadian high jumpers". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved August 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ Sufrin, Mel (1976-12-22). "Jumper who gave Canada Olympic joy is best in 1976". Ottawa Citizen. p. 17. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  3. ^ "26TH ANNUAL CANADIAN SPORT AWARDS". SLAM! SPORTS. Archived from the original on 13 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Ebner, David (7 August 2012). "Greg Joy recalls moment in the sun". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  • Wallechinsky, David and Jaime Loucky (2008). "Track & Field (Men): High Jump". In The Complete Book of the Olympics: 2008 Edition. London: Aurum Press Limited. p. 203.

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