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Silken Laumann, BA'88, LLD'13

www.silkenlaumann.com

silken aumann
Three-time Olympic Medalist, Rowing

From broken bones and shredded muscle to Olympic glory - Silken's story is one of courage, perseverance and the triumph of the human spirit.

In May 1992, just 10 weeks before the Olympic Games, Silken Laumann was injured in a brutal rowing accident that left her right leg shattered and useless. Reigning world champion in Single Sculls rowing, Silken was told by doctors she might never row again.

Twenty-seven days, five operations, and countless hours of gruelling rehabilitation later, Silken was back in her shell, ready to pursue her Olympic dream. When the starter's pistol rang out on August 2, 1992, Silken made the greatest comeback in Canadian sports history, winning the bronze medal for Canada, and capturing the hearts of a nation.

Silken retired from rowing in 1999 with three Olympic medals, and since then has continued to inspire, encouraging people to dream, live in the moment and embrace failure as a stepping stone to success.

In ten weeks she made the greatest comeback in Canadian sports history, becoming a symbol of hope to all.

Read the complete story: www.silkenlaumann.com


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