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WSU Alum Lisa Roman Wins Gold at the 2020 Summer Olympics

Jul 30, 2021

TOKYO – A Coug captured gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, as Washington State rowing alumni Lisa Roman helped Canada win the gold medal in the women's eight for the first time in nearly 30 years.

Roman, who rowed for WSU from 2010-12 and was inducted into the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019, guided Canada to its first gold medal in the women's eight event since the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. The Canadians led from start to finish in the 'A' final against New Zealand, China, the United States, Australia and Romania. Roman helped her home country clocked in at 5:59.13 to take gold, finishing 0.91 seconds ahead of New Zealand.

The newest Coug Olympic gold medalist competed with the WSU varsity rowing team for three seasons, rowing in the varsity boat all three years. Roman was a two-time All-Pac-12 honoree, and in 2012 was named to the CRCA All-West Region First Team and the Pocock All-America Second Team. In 2015-16, Roman was named to the Pac-12's All-Century Women's Rowing Team. She has been competing with the Canadian National Team since 2014.

Roman was one of two former WSU rowers competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, as Nicole Hare (2013-15, '17) rowed in the women's four boat for Canada. Hare, who was also competing in her second Olympics for Canada, helped the women's four finish fourth in the 'B' final with a time of 6:35.13.

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