Lake BLed during the
1989 World Rowing
Championships in Slovenia.
Women’s Single Sculls (W1x), Women’s Double Sculls (W2x)
Elisabeta Lipa - Oleniuc (s)
When Lipa raced in Bled at the 1989 World Rowing Championships, she was already an Olympic
Champion and an Olympic silver medallist in the double (from 1984 and 1988, respectively). In Bled,
she rowed in both the single and the double. She continued her career until 2004 and became the
only female rower to win five Olympic gold medals to date.
Women’s Four (W4-)
© CP PHOTO/ COC/F.S. Grant
Kathleen Heddle (b),
Marnie McBean ( 3)
Heddle and McBean raced at senior level for the first time in Bled at the 1989 World Rowing
Championships. Although they did not reach the podium at this regatta, this launched their illustrious
careers, which ended in 2000 for McBean, after winning eight World Championship medals and four
Olympic medals and in 1996 for Heddle, after winning five World Championship medals and four Olympic
medals. Many of these medals were won when competing together.
Issue 17 – August 2011