Marnie McBean is one of Canada’s most decorated Olympians. In her two Olympic appearances she captured four medals, including three gold, making her one of just two Canadians to be a triple gold medallist at the Summer Games.  The other is Kathleen Heddle, McBean’s partner in the coxless pair at Barcelona 1992 and in the double sculls at Atlanta 1996. They were also members of the champion eights crew in Barcelona and won bronze in the quadruple sculls in Atlanta. McBean was on track to compete at Sydney 2000 until a back injury forced her to withdraw and subsequently retire.

After her incredible rowing career, during which she won a total of 12 World and Olympic medals, McBean was hired by the Canadian Olympic Committee as a specialist in Olympic Athlete Preparation and Mentoring. She has worked closely with several Canadian Olympic Teams, including Vancouver 2010, London 2012, and Sochi 2014, preparing athletes emotionally and psychologically to give their best performance possible.

McBean was inducted to the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1994 and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. She is also a recipient of the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal (1995) and has been given the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. She was also appointed an Officer to the Order of Canada. In 2002, she was presented the Thomas Keller Medal by World Rowing in recognition of her outstanding international career.

McBean earned her degree in kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario and has been given three honorary doctorates.