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Lesley Thompson-Willie
  • Born: 09/20/1959
  • Age: 56
  • Height: 160cm
  • Weight: 45kg
  • Birthplace: Toronto, ON

Lesley_Thompson-Willie_89912_1340pxPlease note: the information below is accurate as of the London 2012 Olympic Games and will be updated in advance of the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games and Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Lesley Thompson-Willie, from London, ON, is a legendary coxswain of the Canadian women’s eight rowing team. She won a silver medal at London 2012, making her a five-time Olympic medallist and seven-time Olympian.

Her five Olympic medals tie her as Canada’s most decorated summer Olympian with Phil Edwards (athletics) and place her in a tie for second as Canada’s most decorated Olympian behind speed skater Cindy Klassen and speed skater/cyclist Clara Hughes who have each won six medals. She is the first Canadian athlete to win medals in five different Olympic Games.

Competing in a career total of 16 World Championships, Thompson-Willie has won eight medals (one gold, three silver, four bronze). Having competed consistently for Canada from 1980 to 2000, Thompson-Willie retired after the 2000 Olympic Games, only to return to the national team in 2006.

In 1994, Thompson-Willie, a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, was named to the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.

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1980 MoscowOlympic Summer GamesRowing - - -
1984 Los AngelesOlympic Summer GamesRowingCoxed Four - Women - Silver
1988 SeoulOlympic Summer GamesRowingCoxed Four - Women - 7
1992 BarcelonaOlympic Summer GamesRowingCoxed Eight - Women - Gold
1996 AtlantaOlympic Summer GamesRowingCoxed Eight - Women - Silver
2000 SydneyOlympic Summer GamesRowingCoxed Eight - Women - Bronze
2008 BeijingOlympic Summer GamesRowingCoxed Eight - Women - 4
2012 LondonOlympic Summer GamesRowingCoxed Eight - Women - Silver
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