Marnie McBean

Marnie Elizabeth McBean OC ( born January 28, 1968 in Vancouver ) is a former Canadian rower. Together with her longtime partner Kathleen Heddle, she won four Olympic medals in four different boat classes.

After McBean and Heddle in 1991 became world champions in pairs without coxswain, won the two at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona gold in this class of boat. The next day the two of them sat in the Canadian eight and won a second gold medal. After 1992, both rowers rowing alternated from the belt to the Skull. The World Rowing Championships 1993, McBean second in the one behind the German Jana Thieme.

In the 1994 World Cup winning McBean and Heddle silver in the double sculls, a year later they were world champions. At the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta McBean and Heddle won the double sculls. The next day the two rowed in the quadruple sculls to bronze.

For the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney McBean had a start in one planned. Due to strong back problems she said from her Olympic start and ended her career. In 2002, she was honored for her outstanding career by the International Rowing Federation with the Thomas Keller Medal.

Heddle and McBean 1996 were the first Canadians, who won three Olympic gold medals. As a successful Canadian Olympians they were overtaken by the speed skater Marc Gagnon in 2002, which won a total of three gold medals and two bronze.

McBean athlete ambassador of development organization Right to Play.