Friends, past teammates and alumni of the Wininpeg Rowing Club rallied behind Wininpeg’s Janine Hanson early this morning to watch her and her crew win Silver in the Women’s 8+ event at the London Olympic Games. The packed Winnipeg Rowing Club cheered and chanted for Hanson and crew as they finished a close second behind the USA.
Hanson, 29, won silver in the event at the 2011 and 2010 World Rowing Championships. She previously competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where her quad sculls crew finished in eighth place.
Hanson got a late start in rowing, in 2000. “It was a funny thing,” says former Olympian Carolyn Trono — a coxman on the 1984 team — who pulled Hanson into the sport. Trono says was watching her son do karate at the Tuxedo Community Centre when she noticed the 5-foot-10 Hanson working out. ”Whenever you see somebody tall and reasonably athletic … she was doing her moves and stuff and I thought, ‘she might be a good rower.'”
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