Silken Laumann - Unsinkable!

Just ten weeks before the Barcelona Olympics Silken Laumann, a Canadian rower, suffered a horrific leg injury.

After six weeks she got back on the water. "Here I was still using a wheelchair, a massive skin graft on my leg. I could not walk without pain. I got into that boat with some help, there were a few adjustments to take some of the strain off my broken ankle."

After four operations, she managed to make it to the final and win a bronze medal, becoming a national hero in Canada.

This programme was first broadcast in March 2014.

Picture: Silken Laumann, Credit: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Sport.

Release date:

Available now

11 minutes

Last on

Sun 9 Mar 2014 04:50 GMT

Featured in...

Great Moments: Women in Sport

Cathy Freeman

Astonishing achievements and firsts by women

Great Sporting Moments in Paralympics History

Great Sporting Moments in Paralympics History

Heroes, dreams and endeavour - great moments from history

Great Sporting Moments in Olympic History

Great Sporting Moments in Olympic History

Stories of endurance, world records and remarkable athletes

Sporting Witness Films

Sporting Witness Films

Watch sporting heroes tell their stories of astonishing achievement