Penny Oleksiak, the teenage swimmer who captured Canada’s heart when she won gold, silver and two bronze medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, has just admitted that she’s afraid of the water. Open water, that is. “It’s sharks. I would watch Shark Week with my siblings, and now it’s ingrained in my mind,” she says from her training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, only minutes from the beach. “You’ll never find me in the ocean.” Not that she has much time for frolicking in the Atlantic these days. The 19‑year‑old is busy preparing for the 2020 Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Swimming Trials, taking place at the end of March at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (her home pool), which will determine the athletes heading to Tokyo this July. We spoke with Oleksiak at the end of a training day about Olympic Games expectations, food, travel and new famous friends.