Olympic Double Gold Medalist | CTV Sports Broadcaster
Carolyn Waldo knows all about resilience and determination. At the age of 23, she won two Olympic gold medals in synchronized swimming―quite a feat for someone who grew up with a serious phobia of water. A year later, Waldo dove into sports broadcasting, a decision where she often questioned if she would sink or swim. 25 years later, after a successful career in television, her resilience was tested again after being a casualty of massive layoffs in the broadcasting industry. Waldo is a leader in the community who has drawn upon her skills from the Olympics and transferred them into her everyday life.
Whether she is addressing corporate leaders or school children, Waldo shares strategies on how they can reach their potential, through determination and teamwork. An animated and passionate speaker, Waldo inspires everyone to discover the possibilities in their own lives.
At a young age, Waldo almost drowned and developed a fear of the water, finally learning how to swim at the age of 10. When she finally competed at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, she became the first Canadian woman to win two gold medals at the same Olympic Games. She also captured a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
In addition to being Canada’s 1988 Olympic flag bearer, she is a six-time world champion and a four-time Canadian Female Athlete of the Year. Waldo was also honoured as a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, and an Officer of the Order of Canada.