Alan Thompson (canoeist)
|Birth name||Alan Blair Thompson|
14 June 1959 |
Gisborne, New Zealand
|Height||179 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||83 kg (183 lb)|
Alan Blair Thompson (born 14 June 1959) is a sprint canoeist who competed in the early to mid-1980s. He competed at three Olympic Games (1980–1988) and has won two Olympic gold medals for New Zealand.
Thompson attended his first Summer Olympics in 1980 in Moscow and was part of the small New Zealand team of just four athletes that attended that year, as most western athletes stayed away due to the boycott that year.
He won both of his gold medals at Los Angeles in 1984, earning them in the K-1 1000 m and K-4 1000 m events. Thompson is one of the few New Zealanders to have won two or more Olympic gold medals. He went to his third Olympics in 1988 in Seoul, Korea, and came sixth in the K-1 1000 m.
After retiring from top-level canoeing Thompson became a coach, selector and manager for New Zealand canoeing teams and eventually became president of the New Zealand Canoeing Federation.
- "Alan Thompson". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
- Swannell, Rikki (12 July 2016). "New Zealand's Greatest Olympians - Number 25: Alan Thompson". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
- ICF medalists for Olympic and World Championships - Part 1: flatwater (now sprint): 1936-2007.
- ICF medalists for Olympic and World Championships - Part 2: rest of flatwater (now sprint) and remaining canoeing disciplines: 1936-2007.
- Profile on New Zealand Olympic Committee
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