Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Schinias Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Centre, Schinias National Park
Date Started: August 14, 2004
Date Finished: August 21, 2004
Twin sisters Georgina and Caroline Evers-Swindell had won the women’s double sculls at the last two World Championships and been runners-up in 2001, making them the favorites in the event at the 2004 Summer Olympics. In the opening round they defeated Sarah Winckless and Elise Laverick of Great Britain by over four seconds and posted a faster time than the other heat winners, Peggy Waleska and Britta Oppelt of Germany, the latter of whom was one half of the reigning World Championship runners-up. The Germans offered the Australians a challenge in the final, but the latter still captured gold by a margin of nearly a second. The Germans thus took silver and it was almost another five seconds before another pair, the Britons, crossed the finish line to capture bronze. Winckless and Laverick, meanwhile, were over six seconds ahead of Anet-Jacqueline Buschmann and Miglena Markova of Belgium.