Kim Crow had finished second to Jana Pittman in the 400m hurdles at the Australian Championships before injury halted her promising athletics career. Turning to rowing in 2004, Crow combined with Sarah Cook in the women’s pair in 2007. The girls showed immense potential, winning gold and bronze medals at the 2007 World Cups and finishing fourth at the World Championships. They were selected in the women’s pair at the Beijing Olympic Games and placed 10th.
Crow became one of the stars of the Australian rowing team at the London 2012 Games as she took home a silver and a bronze medal. Crow set herself the task of competing in two separate events, a rare feat for rowers, competing in the double sculls and the single sculls.
Rowing alongside partner Brooke Pratley in the double sculls, Crow claimed her first Olympic medal when the duo won silver behind Britain’s Anna Watkins and Katherine Grainger. The gold medallists became the first British women to stand on top of the podium at an Olympic rowing event.
Crow backed up the following day to win bronze in the single sculls behind Czech Miroslava Knapkova and Dane Fie Udby Erichsen to cap off a stellar second Games campaign for Crow.