Lesley Allison Thompson-Willie – defied the image of the youthful Olympian!
Lesley Allison Thompson-Willie (born September 20, 1959) is a Canadian rowing coxswain and Olympic champion. She has competed at eight different Olympics, from 1984 to 2016, winning medals in five of them including gold in coxed eight at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. She has also won the World Championship in 1991.
At the Olympic rowing centre in Rio de Janeiro , one Canadian athlete on the women’s crew stood out among her teammates, as well as the entire lagoon of international rowers! She was the only one old enough to be the competitors’ mother.
With that distinction comes another, less visible and more impressive. She began to accumulate her bounty of five Olympic medals before most of the athletes were born!
Lesley Thompson-Willie, 56, knows that she defies the image of the youthful Olympian. When she meets people and tells them she’s at the Games, they assume she’s a coach!
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