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Sara Renner

Full name: Sara Renner
Gender: Female
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
Weight: 139 lbs (63 kg)
Born: April 10, 1976 in Golden, British Columbia, Canada
Affiliations: Canmore Nordic Ski Club, Canmore (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Related Olympians: Wife of Thomas Grandi.

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

A professional athlete since the age of 18, Sara Renner's parents operated a ski lodge in Alberta that was the perfect setting for her to hone her talents. After a disappointing 1998 Winter Olympics, which led to the funding for the Canadian Women's National Cross-Country Skiing Team to be cut, she became the first Canadian and female North American to win a World Championship medal in the sport with bronze in the individual sprint in 2005. In the meantime she had won silver at the 2001 World Cup in the relay event and improved her standings at the 2002 Winter Olympics. From 2005-2006 she took two more bronze medals at World Cup events, as well as one silver, but her most memorable story came from the 2006 Winter Olympics. In the Team Sprint event she won silver after Norwegian coach Bjørnar Håkensmoen gave her a ski pole to replace one that had been accidentally broken by one of the other competitors. Norway's team ended up fourth in the event, ostensibly losing their chance at a medal because of this act of sportsmanship, and both Håkensmoen, the Norwegian embassy, and the Norwegian Olympic Committee were showered with gifts from Canadians to show their gratitude.

Interested in sport causes, Renner posed nude for a "Nordic Nudes" calendar to help raise money for the Canadian Women's Nordic Ski Team in 2001. After failing to medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics, she announced her retirement at the conclusion of the 30 km event. She is married to Olympic Alpine Skier Thomas Grandi.

Results

Women's Sprint

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Canada Semi-Finals Heat 2 5 3:20.0
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Canada Quarter-Finals Heat 4 2 Q 3:42.4
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Canada Qualifying Round 14 Q 3:18.07
2006 Winter 29 Torino Cross Country Skiing Canada Quarter-Finals Heat 4 4 2:15.6
2006 Winter 29 Torino Cross Country Skiing Canada Qualifying Round 9 Q 2:15.37
2010 Winter 33 Vancouver Cross Country Skiing Canada Qualifying Round 34 3:51.79

Women's 5 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Canada Final Standings 74 21:02.4 7:05.2 70

Women's 10 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Canada Final Standings 13 29:46.7 6:25.3 =15 18:38.3 15 26:09.7 14
2006 Winter 29 Torino Cross Country Skiing Canada Final Standings 8 28:33.0 6:49.4 1 16:51.4 1 25:42.1 7

Women's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Canada Final Standings 54 1-40:14.6 6:01.8 54 36:10.8 54 1-15:04.9 55
2010 Winter 33 Vancouver Cross Country Skiing Canada Final Standings 15 1-34:04.2 22:40.0 27 47:02.1 16 1-10:18.3 14

Women's 5/5 kilometres Pursuit

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T SB RT RR
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Canada 5 kilometres, Classical 24 Q 13:57.3
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Canada 5 kilometres, Freestyle 17 13:12.1 +0:58 12:13.3 21

Women's 15 km Skiathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T CT CR PST PSR FT FLR
2006 Winter 29 Torino Cross Country Skiing Canada Final Standings 16 44:30.9 20:27.8 9 32.9 =6 23:30.1 21
2010 Winter 33 Vancouver Cross Country Skiing Canada Final Standings 10 41:37.9 21:28.1 10 25.5 21 19:44.3 21

Women's 5/10 kilometres Pursuit

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T SB RT RR
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Canada Final Standings 64 36:36.7 +3:25 33:11.7 65

Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Canada CAN Final Standings 16 15:34.1 45:26.9 14
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Canada CAN Final Standings 8 13:19.8 13:19.8 5
2006 Winter 29 Torino Cross Country Skiing Canada CAN Final Standings 10 14:04.5 29:14.1 7

Women's Team Sprint

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank L1 L2 L3
2006 Winter 29 Torino Cross Country Skiing Canada CAN Final Round 2 2:13.9 2:53.8 2:54.5
2006 Winter 29 Torino Cross Country Skiing Canada CAN Semi-Finals Heat 1 2 2:17.2 2:54.9 2:59.7
2010 Winter 33 Vancouver Cross Country Skiing Canada CAN Final Round 7 2:57.5 3:09.4 3:21.7
2010 Winter 33 Vancouver Cross Country Skiing Canada CAN Semi-Finals Heat 2 4 2:57.8 3:09.0 3:24.7