Lesley Thompson

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Lesley Allison Thompson-Willie , (born Lesley Allison Thompson, born September 20, 1959 in Toronto ) is a Canadian helmswoman in rowing . She participated in eight Olympic Games by 2016, where she won five medals.


Thompson started out as a track and field athlete and was also active as a gymnast until 1983. In 1978 she began rowing, in 1980 she was part of the Canadian Olympic squad, which was not allowed to compete because of the Olympic boycott . Her first finals at the World Rowing Championships Thompson reached in 1981 with fourth place in eighth . Then she switched to the foursome , with which she won the Olympic silver medal in Los Angeles in 1984. After bronze medals at the 1985 and 1986 World Championships, he finished sixth in the four-man in 1987, and the entire team also rowed in the Canadian eighth in 1987, which only won the B final. At the Olympic Games in 1988, the Canadian four-man also missed the A-final and finished seventh as the winner of the B-final.

1991 Lesley Thompson won the Canadian eighth world championship gold; It was followed by Olympic gold in 1992 with a boat in which both the Olympic champions in two without and those in four without sat, so that six rowers of the eight won two gold medals in 1992. After a seventh place of eight at the 1994 World Rowing Championships and a sixth place in 1995, the completely new eight except Jessica Monroe and Lesley Thompson won the Olympic silver medal in 1996.

At the 1997 World Championships, the Canadian eighth also won the silver medal, but with Alison Korn , Emma Robinson and Lesley Thompson there were only three rowers from last year's eighth . With only a few changes, the Canadian eight won the bronze medal at the World Championships in 1998 and 1999 and at the Olympic Games in 2000. After that, Lesley Thompson temporarily ended her career.

In 2005 she started training again and in 2006 she was back at the World Championships, finishing in fifth place with eighth. After finishing sixth in 2007, the eighth finished fourth at the 2008 Olympic Games. Ten years after her silver medal in Sydney, Lesley Thompson won silver behind the US eighth in 2010, and in 2011 in Bled the USA again won ahead of Canada and at the 2012 Olympic Games she received her fifth Olympic medal.

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