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Adam Van Koeverden Takes Olympic Silver
August 8, 2012
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Adam van Koeverden has won his fourth Olympic medal. He took the silver today in the 1000-metre kayaking event after a hard-fought race which came down to himself and Norwegian kayaker Eirik Veras Larsen. Van Koeverden was leading the race for most of the first 750 metres, but fell behind Larsen, who ended up taking the gold.

The Norwegian and the Canadian are good friends off the water. After the race, Adam said "he's a classy guy and I respect him so much and I trust him implicitly. If I had to lose to somebody, Eirik's an okay guy to lose to". Of course a silver medal is hardly a loss, but Adam's goal was clear: "I was racing for gold".

Adam's not the only Canadian who won a medal on the water today: canoeist Mark Oldershaw, one of Adam's best friends, took bronze. The two men share a coach - Mark's father Scott Oldershaw.

We had Adam in the red chair earlier this season to talk about his trip to Mali with 'Right To Play', his perspective on training and the pressure of a major sporting event like today's race, what London 2012 means to him, and the importance of physical education in schools. Check out that interview below:

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