Not to be outdone by their male counterparts, the Canadian Women’s Eight have added another silver to Canada’s medal haul.
After finishing fourth in Beijing four years ago (that’s a lot of fours), the women came out flying against their North American counterparts in the United States. In what quickly became a three team race between Canada, the United States and the Netherlands, the American women found themselves out ahead of the pack with Canada locked in a battle for silver.
With 52-year-old coxswain Leslie Thompson-Willie leading the charge, the Canadians were able to hold off the Dutch and add a second silver medal for Canada’s rowers. With the silver, Thompson-Willie became the first rower to compete in seven Olympic games as well as the first Canadian to ever medal in five separate games.