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Kirsten Barnes

Full name: Jennifer-Kirsten Barnes
Gender: Female
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: March 26, 1968 in London, Greater London, Great Britain
Affiliations: Victoria Vikes, Victoria (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

After taking up rowing in high school in 1985, Kirsten Barnes quickly made the Canadian national team and attended the 1987 Pan American Games, where she won a gold medal in the coxless pairs alongside Kathleen Heddle. Her next stop was the 1988 Summer Olympics, where she and Sarah Ann Ogilvie finished first in their B final and seventh overall. She switched to the coxless fours and placed fourth at the next two World Championships, alongside Heddle, Marnie McBean, and Brenda Taylor. At the 1991 World Championships, however, Heddle and McBean were exchanged for Jennifer Doey and Jessica Monroe and the quartet won the gold medal in the coxless fours as well as the eights, with Heddle, McBean, Megan Delehanty, Lesley Thompson-Willie, and the non-Olympian Kelly Mahon. Barnes then became a double Olympic champion by winning these events in 1992, with Kay Worthington substituting for Doey in both events (Doey dropped out prior to the event due to a back injury) and Shannon Crawford in place of Mahon in the eights. Barnes retired after the Games to complete her studies at the University of Victoria, where she was athlete of the year three times (1989-1991) prior to her 1993 graduation. She then entered the University of Bristol and earned a PhD in sports psychology in 1997. She was inducted into the British Columbia (1994), Greater Victoria (1994), and University of Victoria (2006) Sports Halls of Fame, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame (1994), and received the University of Victoria’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 20 Seoul Rowing Women's Coxless Pairs Canada CAN 7
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Rowing Women's Coxless Fours Canada CAN 1 Gold
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Rowing Women's Coxed Eights Canada CAN 1 Gold

Women's Coxless Pairs

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit T
1988 Summer 20 Seoul Rowing Canada CAN Sarah Ann Ogilvie Final Round B Final 8:09.10
1988 Summer 20 Seoul Rowing Canada CAN Sarah Ann Ogilvie Round One Repêchage Heat One 8:11.49
1988 Summer 20 Seoul Rowing Canada CAN Sarah Ann Ogilvie Round One Heat Two 8:09.51

Women's Coxless Fours

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Rowing Canada CAN Final Round A Final 6:30.85
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Rowing Canada CAN Round One Heat One 6:44.11

Women's Coxed Eights

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Rowing Canada CAN Final Round A Final 6:02.62
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Rowing Canada CAN Round One Heat One 6:11.44
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