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John Wood

Full name: John Joseph Wood
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10.5 (180 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
Born: June 7, 1950 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: January 25, 2013 in Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Affiliations: Mississauga CC, Mississauga (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Canoeing

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

John Wood joined the Mississauga Canoe Club in the early 1960s and, at the age of 18, found himself competing for his native Canada at the 1968 Summer Olympics in the C2 1000 event alongside Scott Lee. A disqualification in the opening round did not deter him and, four years later, he returned to the Games, participating in the C2 1000 once again with Lee, where the duo was eliminated in the semifinals. He also took part in the C1 1000, where he was eliminated in the opening round and the repêchage. His next stop was the World Championships, where he finished 6th in the C1 1000 in 1974 and 5th in the C1 500 in 1975. His hard work finally paid off when he was selected to represent Canada at its home Olympics in 1976 and won national acclaim by taking silver in the C1 500, Canada’s first Olympic canoeing medal since 1952. This achievement became even more notable after the nation’s failure to win any gold medals during the Games. He also competed in the C2 500, this time with Gregory Smith as his partner, and finished 7th in the final.

Wood had one last hurrah by winning silver alongside Smith at the 1977 World Championships in the C2 500 and then retired from active competition, although he did win a bronze medal in sailing at the 1979 Pan American Games. His next endeavour was business and in this field he was arguably even more successful, starting off as a chartered accountant, but eventually taking on the role of stock broker. In 1986 he founded a financial company and, in less than a decade, brought its value from zero to over $4 billion through innovative investments. He provided Olympic canoeing commentary for the Canadian Broadcasting Company from 1980 through 1988 and remained active in both business and sports administration until his suicide in January 2013, after years of suffering from depression.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Canoeing Men's Canadian Doubles, 1,000 metres Canada CAN AC h2r1/3
1972 Summer 22 München Canoeing Men's Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres Canada CAN 5 h1r2/3
1972 Summer 22 München Canoeing Men's Canadian Doubles, 1,000 metres Canada CAN 4 h2r3/4
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Canoeing Men's Canadian Singles, 500 metres Canada CAN 2 Silver
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Canoeing Men's Canadian Doubles, 500 metres Canada CAN 7

Men's Canadian Singles, 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Canoeing Canada Final Round 2 1:59.58
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Canoeing Canada Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 2:09.91
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Canoeing Canada Repêchage Heat Two 1 QU 2:04.90
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Canoeing Canada Round One Heat Two 4 2:12.60

Men's Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1972 Summer 22 München Canoeing Canada Repêchage 5 4:24.40
1972 Summer 22 München Canoeing Canada Round One Heat One 7 4:56.70

Men's Canadian Doubles, 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date T
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Canoeing Canada CAN Gregory Smith Final Standings 1976-07-28 1:50.74
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Canoeing Canada CAN Gregory Smith Final Round 1976-07-30 1:50.74
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Canoeing Canada CAN Gregory Smith Semi-Finals Heat Two 1976-07-30 1:50.66
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Canoeing Canada CAN Gregory Smith Round One Heat One 1976-07-28 1:57.81

Men's Canadian Doubles, 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date T
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Canoeing Canada CAN Scott Lee Round One Heat Two 1968-10-22
1972 Summer 22 München Canoeing Canada CAN Scott Lee Semi-Finals Heat Two 1972-09-08 4:02.67
1972 Summer 22 München Canoeing Canada CAN Scott Lee Round One Heat One 1972-09-05 4:12.35
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