Lesley Thompson-Willie, who is married to Paul Willie, a professor in NC’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Administration, won her fifth Olympic medal – while competing in her seventh Olympic games – in the Women’s 8+ rowing final in London today.
Willie, who is a member of Canada’s Olympic Hall of Fame and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, is the coxswain on the team. She has competed at seven Olympic games, including Los Angeles (1984), where she won silver; Seoul (1988); Barcelona (1992), where she won gold; Atlanta (1996), where she won silver; Sydney (2000), where she won bronze; Beijing (2008) and now London.
Read more about the Canadian Women’s 8 win here.
The Willies aren’t NC’s only Olympic connection: Canadian Men’s 8 coxswain Brian Price is the cousin of CEPD’s Sharon Everett. Price and the Canadian Men’s 8 also won silver yesterday.
Price’s story is an inspiring one; he overcame Leukemia as a child and has now competed in his second Olympics — he won gold in Beijing in 2008. Read his story here.