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Date of Birth: 22/11/70
Place of Birth: Ottawa, ON
Hometown: Nepean, ON
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 170 lbs
Years on National Team: 6
 Alison Korn is a true competitor.

 Korn fought her way through back pain in the past year and is ready to help lead Canada's women's eights to a medal finish in the Olympic rowing competition.

 Korn already has one silver medal to her credit from the 1996 Atlanta Games, but she would love nothing more than to bring home gold this time.

 The 29-year-old from Nepean might seem more relaxed as she enters her second Olympic Games.

 But she is just as determined to repeat the success of Atlanta in 1996 -- or even better it.

 If it wasn't for the back injury, Korn would be talking about entering two races in Sydney. In 1997 and 1998, Korn and Winnipeg's Emma Robinson ruled the waters in the women's pairs event -- the duo won back-to-back world championships.

 "I've come to terms with it now. Our eight is going so well, and I'm enjoying the challenge of the eight," she said. "But it's sad not to be in the pair."

 What still might be difficult to handle is this: Korn feels she is rowing better than ever right now, saying "I know my body is strong everywhere now."

 But she also knows she is part of one of the world's most competitive rowing programs, where anything can happen on any given day.

 "You always have confidence that you're with a good program," she says of the feeling of carrying the maple leaf on her oars. "You draw inspiration from the great races Canadians have had in the past. Canadians in our sport are known for being fighters, for never, ever giving up.

 "A lot of our group, half the eight, was in Atlanta, and we're part of that legacy. That's exciting. I always feel so proud to say I'm on the Canadian team, and that I'm on the (Canadian) rowing team."

-- LISA BURKE -- Ottawa Sun


2000 Games
Sept. 24: Women's eight: Heather McDermid, Calgary; Heather Davis, Vancouver; Dorota Urbaniak, Toronto; Theresa Luke, 100 Mile House, B.C.; Emma Robinson, Winnipeg; Alison Korn, Nepean, Ont.; Laryssa Biesenthal, Walkerton, Ont.; Buffy Alexander, St. Catharines, and Lesley Thompson, London, Ont., won bronze in women's eights finals.
Sept. 20: Women's eight: Heather McDermid, Calgary; Heather Davis, Vancouver; Dorota Urbaniak, Toronto; Theresa Luke, 100 Mile House, B.C.; Emma Robinson, Winnipeg; Alison Korn, Nepean, Ont.; Laryssa Biesenthal, Walkerton, Ont.; Buffy Alexander, St. Catharines, and Lesley Thompson, London, Ont., placed second in repechage heat, advanced to final.
Sept. 18: Women's eight: Heather McDermid, Calgary; Heather Davis, Vancouver; Dorota Urbaniak, Toronto; Theresa Luke, 100 Mile House, B.C.; Emma Robinson, Winnipeg; Alison Korn, Nepean, Ont.; Laryssa Biesenthal, Walkerton, Ont.; Buffy Alexander, St. Catharines, and Lesley Thompson, London, Ont., were second in heat, dropped to repechage.

Photos
Canadian rowers show off their bronze medals
Canadian rowers wave from the podium
Dorota Urbaniak is embraced by Heather McDermid
Dorota Urbaniak, Theresa Luke and Emma Robinson
Dorota Urbaniak is kissed by fiancee Rob Makurat

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