Karen Magnussen was Canada’s only medalist in the 1972 Sapporo Olympics, winning a silver medal in Figure Skating. In 1971 and 1972 she was named Canadian Female Athlete of the Year.
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Irene MacDonald (d. 2002) advanced the sport of Diving as an athlete, coach, judge and commentator. She won a bronze medal at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and was the first Canadian to win an Olympic medal in diving.
Ljiljana Ljubisic is a five-time Paralympian and six-time medalist, winning a gold medal in discus at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympian Games. She is a strong advocate for women in sport.
Marjorie Leeming (d. 1987) won a score of national titles in Tennis in singles, doubles and mixed doubles in 1925, as well as the double crown in 1930 and 1932. She was voted BC’s outstanding tennis player six times.
Marion Lay was Canada’s 100m freestyle Swimming champion (1964-68) winning bronze at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics with the 100m freestyle relay team. She is a long time advocate for women in sport and a founding member of ProMOTION Plus and CAAWS.
Silken Laumann is a four-time Olympian who overcame a serious leg injury ten weeks before the 1992 Barcelona Olympics to bring home a bronze medal in Rowing.
Kelley Law Curling Rink won Canada’s bronze medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games. They are Scott Tournament of Heart Champions, World Champions and became Canada’s Sports Awards Team of the Year in 2000.
Kathleen Heddle competed at the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympics in Rowing. She paired up with Marnie McBean to bring home a total of four Olympic medals – three gold and one bronze.
Nancy Greene Raine captured Alpine Skiing gold in the giant slalom at the 1968 Grenoble Olympics and won the first women’s World Cup title in 1967. She was instrumental in developing the Whistler/Black-comb and Sun Peaks ski resorts.
Ivy Granstrom (d. 2004) was a passionate runner and swimmer who was visually impaired. Ivy was a 76-time Polar Bear Swim participant in Vancouver and was awarded the Order of Canada in 1988.