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Janine Stephens (née Hanson; December 14, 1982) is a former Canadian rower from Winnipeg on the Canadian National team.[3] Stephens won the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as part of the women's eights rowing team. She also has two World Championship silver medals to her credit, also in the women's eights.

Janine Stephens
Personal information
Full nameJanine Elizabeth Stephens
Nationality Canada
Born (1982-12-14) December 14, 1982 (age 36)
La Mesa, California[1]
ResidenceLondon, Ontario[2]
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight70 kg (150 lb)
College teamMichigan
ClubWinnipeg Rowing Club



Early Career

Stephens began rowing after being invited to try rowing by a former member of the National Rowing team while in a karate class in 2000. At the 2001 Canada Summer Games, she earned two bronze medals.

College Rowing

From 2002 to 2006, Stephens raced for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbour, Michigan. There, she won two Big 10 Championships and had two top five finishes at the NCAA Championships. In 2006, she was a First Team All Big 10 Honoree and won the Big 10 Sportsmanship Award[4].

International Rowing

Her career began as a sculler for Canada and her first major international competition came at the 2008 Summer Olympics. There, she finished in 8th place in the women's quad sculls.[5] Stephens then transitioned to the sweep from the scull, she had not rowed in the sweeping technique since her early college days.[2] This led to her finding success at the 2010 World Rowing Championships, she won a silver medal in the women's eight. She won the silver medal again in the women's eight 2011 World Rowing Championships.[6] Stephens final competition was during the 2012 Olympic Games as the bow seat in the 8+. Her success in the women's eights ensured her seat at the 2012 Summer Olympics, there at the Eton Lake Rowing Centre she and then rest of the Canadian crew finished in the silver medal position behind the U.S. boat.[7]


Leading up to the 2017 Canada Summer Games, Stephens was announced as the head coach for the Manitoba Rowing Association[8]. The Manitoba Team managed 1 Gold, 2 Bronze and 6 total top 5 finishes[9], a best ever showing for Manitoba Rowing.


Stephens was born in the United States to Canadian parents, her parents returned to Winnipeg when she was two years old. She grew up in Winnipeg and trained for the national team in London, Ontario.[2] Stephens has now retired from competitive rowing, returned to Winnipeg, and was married February 16, 2013. She has a degree in movement science from the University of Michigan.[10] Upon retiring from competitive rowing, Stephens became the spokesperson for the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Commission.[11][12]


In 2012 Hanson was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.[13]


  1. ^ Janine Hanson at FISA
  2. ^ a b c "Janine Stephens profile". Canadian Olympic Committee. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
  3. ^ heavyweight women biography Archived 2010-10-13 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Janine Hanson - Rowing Canada".
  5. ^ Olympic results Archived 2012-11-04 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-11-22. Retrieved 2010-11-08.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Alexandra Paul (August 2, 2012). "Rowing club thunders and roars with cheers as city's Hanson brings home silver". Winnipeg Free Press.
  8. ^ "Coaching". Manitoba Rowing Association. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  9. ^ "2017 Canada Games - Manitoba Medal Count". 2017-09-12. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-13. Retrieved 2010-10-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^,article/229/janine-hanson-canadian-olympic-silver-medalist-is-manitoba-liquor-lotteries-new-community-ambassador
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Olympic and Paralympic athletes to receive Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal". Official Canadian Olympic Team Website | Team Canada | 2016 Olympic Games. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2017.

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