Silken Laumann

Speaker, Celebrity

Silken Laumann

Olympic Hero | Mental Health Advocate

Four-time Olympian Silken Laumann is one of Canada’s most inspirational leaders, a bestselling author, and a highly recognizable and beloved athlete.  As an elite athlete, writer, and life coach, Silken has made her work reaching her own potential and helping others reach theirs. Inspiring, funny, thought provoking and always down to earth, Silken opens her heart and leaves her audience ready to unlock their own potential and aspire to their own greatness. What prevails in Silken is the human spirit, the humor to keep learning through the failures, the courage to see opportunities within obstacles, and the tenacity to never stop trying to be better.

Silken’s Olympic story is legendary and inspirational. As reigning world champion, Silken fought back from a devastating rowing accident to win a bronze medal in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Her stunning 10-week recovery and her courage in the face of almost insurmountable obstacles endeared her in the hearts of Canadians. Silken was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1998, having won three Olympic medals and four World Championships. She is also the two-time winner of the Canadian Female Athlete of the Year award and recipient of the Lou Marsh award in 1992, as Canada’s top athlete.  Although her competitive rowing career ended in 1999, her ability to inspire continues.

Silken is authentic and honest about her life journey. In her memoir, Unsinkable, Silken shines a spotlight on all the obstacles she has encountered—and overcome. Silken speaks candidly about her athletic success and triumph over physical adversity, but also the intense personal challenges of her past and the fierce determination she applies to living a bold, loving and successful life today.

Silken has learned to approach each day with energy and optimism while continuing to dream big. She has used her notoriety to raise money and awareness for a variety of initiatives, including  GoodLife Kids Foundation as their Kids Champion, raising funds to support national, provincial and local programs that provide sustainable physical activity opportunities for kids ages 4–14; Right To Play International, an organization that brings sport and play to the most disadvantaged children in the world; and WE Day, a celebration of youth making a difference in their local and global communities.

In 2015, Silken received a Star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.

Becoming Unsinkable

Silken Laumann is best known as a four time Olympic  rower who overcame a devastating accident in 1992 to win an Olympic Bronze Medal.  Her story though, is so much more than a single moment in Canadian sports history.

In this presentation, Silken shines a spotlight on many of the obstacles she encountered—and overcame—not only in her athletic life, but also the intense personal challenges of her past.  She inspires with the  fierce determination she applies to living a bold, loving, successful life today, and encourages her audiences to embrace challenge, accept change, and continue to strive to reach their dreams.

Silver Linings: Living the Up Side of Down

Silken Laumann’s greatest mentor and coach once said to her “every cloud has a silver lining.” This expression came in handy when she sat in a sinking boat wondering if she was going to lose her lower leg, never mind compete at the Olympics in ten weeks’ time. Five years later, when her husband left her without warning, she remembers thinking, “where the heck is the silver lining in this one?”

Silken is no stranger to adversity: living with a mother who suffered from mental illness gave her strength and resiliency that has shaped the course of her life. She believes our experiences are gifts that shape us. Challenge, loss, and change are hard, but there are huge lessons in the experience. To throw away the learning of the journey is throwing away the gift that comes along with the pain. Silken shares her story with strength and honesty and inspires us all that we can not only overcome anything that life throws at us, but that we can live a life of passion, contribution and meaning.

Celebrity Services

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