Four years after disappointing themselves by not even advancing to the A final at London 2012, Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee found their Olympic redemption by winning silver in the lightweight women’s double sculls at Rio 2016.
Fifth through the first 500m, they trailed by 2.75 seconds at the midway mark. They started to make up ground over the next 500m, moving into third place with the last quarter of the race to go. Then they really picked up the pace, bringing their stroke rate up to 41, and taking silver behind the crew from the Netherlands by just 1.15 seconds. China was third.
The two-time world silver medallists (2011, 2014) had achieved another career highlight earlier in the year when they won their first World Cup gold together in Lucerne, Switzerland. They had finished fourth at the 2015 World Championships.
Canada’s only previous medal in the event was the bronze medal won by Tracy Cameron and Melanie Kok at Beijing 2008.
[CSIO Note: Lindsay and Patricia train at Rowing Canada’s National Training Centre in London, ON where they have access to CSIO staff and support services including Strength & Conditioning, Sport Nutrition, Biomechanics and Physiology.]
Story and Photo from the Canadian Olympic Committee | Olympic.ca