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Olympic Spirit at Duclos!

On Tuesday February 8th, Duclos was visited by Tokyo 2020 Gold Medalist Kasia Gruchalla-Wesierski (Rowing).

About Kasia

Just over a month before Kasia Gruchalla-Wesierski was set to make her Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020, she was involved in a bike crash that resulted in a broken collarbone, a bruised hip, and 56 stitches. With a lot of hard work and support from her teammates, she recovered to take her spot in the eight at the Games where she was part of Canada’s first Olympic gold in any women’s rowing event since Atlanta 1996 and the first gold in the women’s eight since Barcelona 1992.

Gruchalla-Wesierski grew up as a competitive alpine skier but a broken leg ended her career and she thought she lost her chance at becoming a high-performance athlete. But a second chance came when she found rowing. Because of her age, she missed competing at the U23 level, and instead debuted with the senior national team at a 2018 World Cup in Lucerne as a member of the four. Later that year, she raced in the pair at the national championships with Larissa Werbicki and it was that performance that made her feel like she belonged on the national team. 

In 2019, Gruchalla-Wesierski joined the crew of the eight for a pair of World Cups, earning her first podium in Rotterdam. In her debut at the World Rowing Championships, she helped the eight to a fourth-place finish, qualifying the boat for Tokyo 2020.

Gruchalla-Wesierski competed with the Calgary Rowing Club at the 2017 Henley Royal Regatta. 

View the Photo Gallery of our exciting day here!

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