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Laryssa Biesenthal

Full name: Laryssa Biesenthal
Gender: Female
Height: 5-8 (173 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: June 22, 1971 in Walkerton, Ontario, Canada
Affiliations: Burnaby Lake Rowing Club, Burnaby (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Rowing

Related Olympians: Wife of Iain Brambell.

Medals: 2 Bronze (2 Total)


Originally a track and field athlete, Laryssa Biesenthal took up rowing in 1990 as a student at the University of British Columbia. She attended her first World Championship in 1995 where, alongside [Kathleen Heddle], [Marnie McBean],and [Diane O’Grady], she won a silver medal in the quadruple sculls event. The quartet then travelled to the 1996 Summer Olympics, where they won bronze behind the Germans and the Ukrainians. Following the Games she joined the women’s eights crew and, with [Buffy Alexander-Williams], [Alison Korn ], [Jessica Monroe], [Emma Robinson], [Lesley Thompson-Willie], [Dorota Urbaniak], [Kristen Wall], and the non-Olympian Kubet Weston, won a silver medal at the 1997 World Championships. The same squad, with [Heather Davis] and McBean replacing Monroe and Wall, took bronze at the 1998 edition, where Biesenthal also won silver, alongside Alexander-Williams, McBean, and Weston, in the coxless fours. The following season, Davis and McBean were replaced by [Theresa Luke] and [Heather McDermid] on the eights crew and, with them, Biesenthal won her final World Championship medal, bronze. Prior to her retirement, however, she had two more medals to win: gold in the double sculls at the 1999 Pan American Games, with the non-Olympian Jennifer Browett, and bronze in the eights at the 2000 Summer Olympics, alongside her 1999 World Championship squad (with Davis replacing Weston). She later worked as a coach and was hired in that capacity by the Canadian national team prior to the 2004 Summer Games.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1996 Summer 25 Atlanta Rowing Women's Quadruple Sculls Canada CAN 3 Bronze
2000 Summer 29 Sydney Rowing Women's Coxed Eights Canada CAN 3 Bronze

Women's Quadruple Sculls

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1996 Summer 25 Atlanta Rowing Canada CAN Final Round A Final 6:30.38
1996 Summer 25 Atlanta Rowing Canada CAN Round One Heat One 6:39.32

Women's Coxed Eights

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
2000 Summer 29 Sydney Rowing Canada CAN Final Round 6:11.58
2000 Summer 29 Sydney Rowing Canada CAN Round One Heat Two 6:13.60
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