She almost drowned at three and didn’t start swimming until she was 10. By the time Carolyn Waldo was 23 she had won two Olympic Gold medals in synchronized swimming and had distinguished herself as one of the most remarkable athletes Canada has produced.
Born and raised in the West Island community Beaconsfield, Quebec, Waldo always wanted to be an Olympic athlete and after successfully overcoming her fear of water, dedicated herself to becoming a world calibre synchronized swimmer. At 19 years of age Waldo was competing for Canada at the Los Angeles Olympics, coming home with a silver medal. Four years later, in Seoul, South Korea, she became the first Canadian woman to win two Olympic gold medals.
Waldo retired from swimming shortly afterwards and began a career as a sports reporter for CTV where she remains to this day.
Catherine Clark spoke to Carolyn Waldo about her life as one of Canada’s great Olympians.
Born into political life in Ottawa, Catherine Clark is no stranger to being in the public eye. As founding host of CPAC’s popular weekly television show Beyond Politics, Catherine interviews Members of Parliament, Premiers and people of influence to reveal the personal, human side of public life. Catherine is also a sought-after public speaker and emcee, and writes the “Giving Back” column for Ottawa at Home Magazine, profiling people who are improving the lives of their fellow citizens.