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Silken Laumann
  • Born: 11/14/1964
  • Birthplace: Mississauga, Ontario


  • Bronze medallist in double sculls at the 1984 Olympic Games
  • Captured silver at the 1990 World Championships in single sculls
  • 1991 world champion in single sculls
  • Famously came back from a broken leg in 1992 and only 27 days later captured bronze at the Olympic Games in single sculls, inspiring the entire nation
  • That performance is considered one of the greatest sport comeback stories in Canadian history
  • Silver medallist at the 1995 World Championships in single sculls
  • Won silver at the 1996 Olympic Games in single sculls
  • Recipient of the Lou Marsh Trophy for Canada’s outstanding athlete (1991), The Bobbie Rosenfeld Award for Canadian Press female athlete of the year (1991, 1992), The Wilma Rudolph Courage Award (1997) – first non American to receive this, and the Canadian Association for Women and Sport’s Most Influential Women Award (2006, 2007)
  • Member of Canada Sports Hall of Fame (1998) and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame (1992)


  • After retiring from competitive rowing in 1999, Silken became an inspirational speaker international Board member for Right to Play
  • Is the best-selling author of Child’s Play (April 2006)
  • Founder of Silken’s Active Kids Movement (S.A.M), a social movement which encourages children to be active and engage in sport and outdoor activity
  • President of her own company, Silken & Co.

Olympic Highlights








1984 Los Angeles Olympic Summer GamesRowingDouble Sculls - Women - Bronze
1988 Seoul Olympic Summer GamesRowingDouble Sculls - Women - 7
1992 Barcelona Olympic Summer GamesRowingSingle Sculls - Women - Bronze
1996 Atlanta Olympic Summer GamesRowingSingle Sculls - Women - Silver
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