For the first time since 1992, the women’s eight crew win the Olympic rowing gold medal. Just before the race, clouds rolled over Tokyo Bay with thunder accompanying it. The Canadian athletes took this as a clear sign that Kathleen Heddle was with them during the race. She is a legend in this sport and one of the most decorated Olympic athletes, who died of cancer in January.
Susan Grainger, part of the Women’s eight-team said “It was just a reminder that Kathleen was with us… and we’re the storm and we’re going to bring it.” Grainger added, “We had a moment as a boat to remember her and make sure we brought the amazing grace and grit she rowed with into our race.”
Canada was in the lead from the start to the finish during this Olympic event. The last time Canadians won gold was during the 1992 Barcelona Games where Heddle’s crew dominated. This year’s team included Grainger, Kristen Kit, Lisa Roman, Kasia Gruchalla-Wesierski, Christine Roper, Andrea Proske, Madison Mailey, Sydney Payne, and Avalon Wasteneys. The crew finished with a time of 5:59.13.
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