Silken Laumann

Olympic Gold Medalist, Entrepreneur, Expert in High Performance

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Silken Laumann's life centers around the fulfillment of human potential. Whether in the world of sport, where she achieved the honor of being the fastest female rower in the world, her work as a child advocate, as a speaker, a writer, or a life coach, Silken has made her work reaching her own potential and helping others reach theirs.

Silken's Olympic story is legendary and inspirational. As reigning world champion, Silken fought back from a devastating rowing accident to win a bronze medal in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Her stunning 10 week recovery and her courage in the face of almost insurmountable obstacles endeared her in the hearts of Canadians.

Silken's life outside of sport is equally inspiring. Her ability to dream, embrace change, and work through obstacles have helped her create a magical life. Silken understands the incredible power of the mind and helps her audiences shift their thinking and unlock the positive power of the conscious and unconscious mind. Working through the loss of a business, learning to parent her profoundly autistic step-daughter, and balancing a fulfilling career with a vibrant family life, these challenges have tested what it means to approach each day with energy and optimism while continuing to dream big.

Inspiring, funny, thought-provoking and always down-to-earth, Silken Laumann opens her heart and leaves her audience ready to unlock their own potential and aspire to their own greatness.

Silken has used her notoriety to raise money and awareness for a variety of causes and initiatives. She serves on the Board of Right To Play, an organization that brings sport and play to the most disadvantaged children in the world. Silken is an advocate for healthy active kids, and works with GoodLife Kids Foundation as their Kids Champion to advance these opportunities. She is also active in raising issues related to mental health, and a regular contributor to Huffington Post and Motivated Magazine.

Silken lives in Victoria with her two children, William and Kate, her partner David-Patchell-Evans, and her step-daughters Kilee and Tygre.

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Speakers Like Silken Laumann

Speaking Topics

Rowing Smooth in Rough Waters - Finding Courage and Opportunity in Difficult Times


Inspiration - The Courage to Pursue a Dream


Change Management - The Courage to Transform


Leadership - The Courage to Lead


Triumph Over Adversity - The Courage to Come Back


Recent Publications by Silken Laumann

Child's Play


"As you could tell by the group's standing ovation, your speech moved us emotionally and was a highlight of our weekend". AMJ Campbell Van Lines.

"I have never had the pleasure of working with such a professional.  Your speech truly touched the hearts of our members". Canadian Professional Sales Association.

"Your Speech was World Class." Starbucks

"We are never as alone as we think, as we hear about your struggles, accomplishments, dreams and unsinkable spirit" Michael Smith

Tweets by Silken Laumann

18 hours ago
You don't have to define yourself based on whether you were coordinated at sports like Basketball or Football during High School. I wasn't! Get out there, try things; keep at it until you find something that sticks.