Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Lake Banyoles, Bañolas
Date Started: July 27, 1992
Date Finished: August 1, 1992
Canadians Marnie McBean and Kathleen Heddle were the reigning World Champions in the women’s coxless pairs but, although they were the favorites, there were other contenders for this title at the 1992 Summer Olympics. 1990 World Champions and 1991 runners-up Stefani Werremeier and Inge Schwerzmann of Germany were present in Barcelona and also had a strong claim to the gold medal. Defending Olympic champion Romania was represented by Doina Liliana Snep and Doina Robu, both of whom were past Olympic medalists in other disciplines. The United States, meanwhile, was the reigning Pan American champion, and it sent Anna Seaton and Stephanie Pierson, World runners-up in 1990, to the 1992 Games.
The United States posted the fastest time in the opening round, while the other heats were won by the Canadians and the French duo of Christine Gossé and Isabelle Danjou. The Americans continued to demonstrate their strength by winning their semi-final heat in Olympic record time and ahead of France, Germany, and Romania, the latter of whom was eliminated. McBean and Heddle, meanwhile, were victorious in their much easier heat by a margin of nearly five seconds. In the final, however, the tables were turned and the Canadians mustered up reserves of strength to win gold in an Olympic record time of their own. Nearly two seconds later, the Germans, Americans, and French followed the Canadians across the finish line in that order and with less than a second between them.