Parents Canada – Super Silken

In 1992, at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Canadian rower Silken Laumann was the favourite to win gold. She was already a world champion, and a bronze medallist at the previous Olympics in L.A, so Canada's medal hopes were high. Then tragedy struck, just 10 weeks before The Games. While training in Germany, another rowing skull cut across Silkens path, shredding muscles and breaking bones in her leg. Doctors doubted that she would ever row again, but after five operations and only 27 days, Silken was back in her rowing skull pursuing her Olympic dream. Amazingly, she won the bronze medal for Canada, a win that felt like gold. Silken went on to win a silver medal at the next Olympics in Atlanta and was inducted into Canadas Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.