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Kay Worthington

Full name: Kay Frances Worthington (-Teti)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-9.5 (177 cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Born: December 21, 1959 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Affiliations: Hanlan Boat Club / Argonaut Rowing Club, Toronto
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Rowing

Related Olympians: Wife of Mike Teti; Sister-in-law of Paul Teti.

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Kay Worthington joined the University of Toronto’s rowing team during her freshman year in 1979, when the women’s program was in only its third year. She became a member of the Canadian national team in the early 1980s and had three consecutive fourth-place finishes in the eights at major tournaments: the 1981 and 1983 World Championships and the 1984 Summer Olympics. She continued to row after he 1983 graduation and switched to the quadruple sculls at the 1985 World Championships, where she placed seventh alongside Heather Hattin, Sarah Ann Ogilvie, and the non-Olympian Carla Pace. Worthington, with Barbara Armbrust, Marilyn Brain, and Silken Laumann, failed to reach the podium in the same event at the 1986 World Championships, and then switched to the single sculls for the 1987 edition, where she placed fourth. Her next stop was the 1988 Summer Olympics, where she and Laumann finished first in the B final of the double sculls and seventh overall.

Worthington retired from the national team after the Games, but remained in rowing shape and staged a comeback in an attempt to qualify for the 1992 Summer Olympics. Not only did she qualify, but she became a double gold medalist, winning the eights alongside Kirsten Barnes, Brenda Taylor, Megan Delehanty, Marnie McBean, Shannon Crawford, Jessica Monroe, Kathleen Heddle, and Lesley Thompson-Willie, and the coxless fours with Barnes, Monroe, and Taylor. In the latter case, Worthington was a last-minute substitute for Jennifer Walinga, who was forced to drop out the day prior to the event due to an injury. Worthington retired permanently after her victories and has worked as a sports commentator, consultant, and stock trader in addition to acquiring a law degree. She was made a member of the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1994 and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Rowing Women's Coxed Eights Canada CAN 4
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Rowing Women's Double Sculls Canada CAN 7
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Rowing Women's Coxless Fours Canada CAN 1 Gold
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Rowing Women's Coxed Eights Canada CAN 1 Gold

Women's Double Sculls

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit T
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Rowing Canada CAN Silken Laumann B Final 8:03.56
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Rowing Canada CAN Silken Laumann Round One Repêchage Heat One 7:36.80
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Rowing Canada CAN Silken Laumann Round One Heat One 7:46.89

Women's Coxless Fours

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Rowing Canada CAN Final 6:30.85
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Rowing Canada CAN Round One Heat One 6:44.11

Women's Coxed Eights

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Rowing Canada CAN Final Standings 3:03.64
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Rowing Canada CAN Final 6:02.62
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Rowing Canada CAN Round One Heat One 6:11.44
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