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Diane Jones Konihowski
  • Born: 03/07/1951
  • Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia


  • Three-time Olympian
  • Gold medallist in pentathlon at the 1975 Pan Am Games in Mexico City
  • Gold medallist in pentathlon at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton
  • Gold medallist in pentathlon at the 1979 Pan Am Games in San Juan
  • Chef de Mission for Team Canada for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games


  • Was favoured to win heading into the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games, which were then boycotted
  • Named to the Order of Canada in 1978
  • Member of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (1980), the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame (1996) and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (2002)
  • Past director of the Canadian Olympic Association
  • Recipient of the 1978 YMCA Woman of Distinction Sport & Recreation Award, and the 1988 Great Canadian Award
  • Post-competition, she stayed involved in the sports world
  • In 1977 married John Konihowski, professional football player for the Edmonton Eskimos and Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • Developed the Y.E.S (Youth Education through Sport) program, training athletes to speak in front of Alberta schools as positive role models
  • Long-time director of Fair Play Canada
  • Holds Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Saskatchewan and Brock University
  • Named the University of Saskatchewan’s 100 Most Influential Alumni in 2007

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1972 Munich Olympic Summer GamesAthleticsPentathlon - Women - 10
1976 Montreal Olympic Summer GamesAthleticsPentathlon - Women - 6
1976 Montreal Olympic Summer GamesAthleticsLong Jump - Women - 11
1980 Moscow Olympic Summer GamesAthletics - - -
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