Three-time Olympic rowing champion Kathleen Heddle has died of most cancers at age 55.
Canada’s Heddle and rowing accomplice Marnie McBean received Olympic gold medals in 1992 and 1996 within the coxless pair and double sculls respectively. Heddle additionally earned gold with the ladies’s eight in 1992.
“I am crushed and without words today at this loss,” McBean wrote Wednesday on Twitter. “Too soon.”
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Heddle battled breast and lymph-node most cancers adopted by melanoma and mind most cancers for six years.
She died Monday at house in Vancouver, based on a Rowing Canada assertion issued Wednesday on behalf of her household.
“While our grief is as heavy as the darkest moment of night, the gifts given to us by Kathleen shine bright as the moon and stars,” her household mentioned within the assertion.
“With time, memories of our happiest days with Kathleen will be sure to overcome our tears.”
The assertion included a November 2020 quote from Heddle: “How is it that amongst some of the worst days ever, you can also experience some of the best?”
Heddle was born in Trail, B.C., however her household moved to Vancouver when she was an toddler. She grew to become a rower while attending the University of British Columbia.
Heddle and McBean are the one Canadian athletes to win three gold medals within the Summer Olympic Games. They additionally claimed gold within the pair on the 1991 and 1995 world championships.
Her quiet resolve was the foil to McBean’s extra dominant persona.
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“Kathleen had an incredible sense of touch, seemingly aware of the natural rhythm and flow in things,” her household wrote of their tribute to her.
“Kathleen loved the serenity of being on the water and in nature, always a proponent of wearing a hat and sunscreen, even on a cloudy day.”
Heddle and McBean have been inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. Heddle is survived by her husband, Mike, and youngsters, Lyndsey and Mac.