Kris Thorsness

Kris Thorsness won an Olympic Gold Medal in 1984 in Women's Rowing, becoming the first Alaskan to ever win an Olympic medal. About 20 years later, at the age of 47, she suffered a heart attack. Kris was treated at Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua, and was then transferred to Strong Memorial Hospital for more extensive care. She then returned to Thompson for cardiac rehab. Kris has now returned to an active life of rowing and, at age 50, took up a new sport: ice hockey.