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Remembering John Wood

posted Feb 5, 2013, 9:43 AM by Meaghan Davis
John Wood did more than win a silver medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.

By finishing just 34/100ths of a second behind Alexandre Rogov of the Soviet Union in the 500-metre canoeing singles, he offered hope to paddlers across the continent that the dominance of the Eastern Bloc could be challenged.

Adam van Koeverden, a four-time Olympic medallist in kayak who, like Wood, has competed at three Summer Games, called Wood “a builder of Canadian sport” who not only accomplished a lot as an athlete but also was willing to share his time, expertise and stories with young competitors.

“John was so much more than just a guy who went to the Olympics and got a medal,” van Koeverden said in an interview. “He was a guy who embraced that lifestyle and that eagerness to be on the water regardless of the weather.

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