Cathy Hearn competed at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics in K-1 slalom. She spent 27 years on the US national team, winning 10 World Championship medals. Hearn won two World golds in 1979 in K-1 and K-1 team. She also won three silvers and five bronzes at the Worlds between 1977-97. Hearn later became a kayaking coach, serving as technical director and Olympic coach for the Italian national team in 2003-04. She also coached for USA Canoe/Kayak starting in 2005.
Hearn was the sister of [David Hearn], who competed at the 1992, 1996, and 2000 Olympics in whitewater events. She was briefly married to [Lecky Haller], another Olympic whitewater paddler. Her second marriage to Heinz RÃ¶thenmund made her sister-in-law to [Matthias RÃ¶thenmund], who competed for Switzerland at the Olympics in whitewater kayak. Cathy Hearn is a member of the International Whitewater Hall of Fame.