1992 Women's Coxless Fours
The 1992 Olympics in Barcelona were a triumph for Canadian rowing with the team winning four gold medals and a bronze. Members of the original women’s coxless Four included Kirsten Barnes, Brenda Taylor, Jessica Monroe-Gonin, and Jennifer Walinga.
The team remained focused, trusting that Kay Worthington would be able to continue the success and keep the chemistry of the crew. The substitution of Worthington into the crew was so seamless that it resulted in the crew winning Olympic gold in the Women’s Rowing Coxless 4 event. The crew understood that the Olympic gold medal they won that day was not just won on the day of the race, but through the training and competitions leading up to it. Walinga was an essential part of that preparation and deserved an Olympic gold medal as well.
As such, Taylor sacrificed one of her two Olympic gold medals that she had won at the Olympic Games and donated it to Walinga; recognizing the fact that the crew could not have won the gold medal without her.
Kirsten Barnes, Brenda Taylor, Jessica Monroe and Kay Worthington were also on the 1992 Gold medal winning Coxed Eight boat.
Women's Coxless Fours