Fri, September 20, 2013

Family ties strong for Canada at 2012 Olympics

By QMI Agency


Canadian rower Darcy Marquardt, 33, and swimmer Richard Hortness, 27, competed at the 2012 Summer Games with love on their minds. The pair met at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and are now engaged. (JOHN TAPLEY/QMI AGENCY)


It should come as little surprise that in Olympic events, like many sports, talent can be hereditary.

Lee Wright and his wife, Thelma, are a great Canadian example of that: He played field hockey at the 1964 and 1976 Games and she was a track competitor in 1972 and '76. Their sons, Anthony and Philip, competed for Canada in field hockey at the Beijing Games.

Such family ties run far and wide across Canadian Olympic history.

Here are a few examples of our relative greatness at the 2012 London Games:

  • Sprinter Justyn Warner and hurdler Nikkita Holder — both Toronto-area athletes — are due to get married this fall.
  • Canadian rower Darcy Marquardt is married to Richard Hortness, a member of Canada's 4x100-metre freestyle relay swim team
  • Rower Darcy Marquardt is engaged to swimmer Richard Hortness, who competed in the relay.
  • Conlin McCabe, a member of the men's eights rowing crew, is cousins with Martha McCabe, a Canadian swimmer who competed in the 200-metre breaststroke
  • Lauren Wilkinson of the Canadian women's eights rowing team is the sister of Mike Wilkinson, a member of the men's fours
  • Lethbridge, Alta. siblings Heather Steacy and James Steacy both competed in the hammer throw event
  • Toronto-area sisters Alisha and Tamara Tathem were on the Canadian women's basketball team