Linda Thom

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Linda Thom
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Linda Thom in 1984
Personal information
Birth nameLinda Mary Alice Malcolm
Born (1943-12-30) December 30, 1943 (age 78)
Hamilton, Ontario
SportShooting sport
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals1984 Summer Olympics
Medal record

Linda Mary Alice Thom, CM, née Malcolm, (born December 30, 1943) is a Canadian Olympic gold medal-winning shooter.

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1967 from Carleton University.

At the 1984 Summer Olympics, she won a gold medal in the women's 25 m Pistol event becoming the first Canadian woman to win a gold medal in the summer Olympics since 1928 and the first Canadian to win a gold medal in the summer Olympics since 1968. She was selected to carry Canada's flag at the closing ceremonies.[1][2]

In the 1995 Ontario general election, she ran as a Progressive Conservative against Dalton McGuinty for the riding of Ottawa South but was defeated.

In 1985, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada. In 1984, she was awarded the Velma Springstead Trophy, an award presented annually to Canada's outstanding female athlete, and was named female amateur athlete of the year by the Sports Federation of Canada.[3] In 1986, she was inducted into the City of Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame. In 1992, she was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

She was in the first induction of the Lisgar Collegiate Institute Athletic Wall of Fame, as part of the 160th Anniversary celebrations.[4]

She is currently a sitting member of the Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee.


  1. ^ Mike Rabun (August 14, 1984). "Golden Games end with glitter". Ottawa Citizen. United Press International. p. 1. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  2. ^ "1984 Los Angeles: Linda Thom - Did You Know?". Olympic Magazine. CBC Digital Archives. July 1, 2004. Archived from the original on January 15, 2013. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  3. ^ "Thom athlete of year". Montreal Gazette. January 17, 1985. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  4. ^ Alere Flammam, Lisgar Alumni Association Newsletter, Fall 2004

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