Krista Guloien

BA (Crim),  2004

SFU OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARD RECIPIENT (ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENT), 2013

Krista Guloien is a world-class athlete who achieved the pinnacle of athletic achievement by winning a silver medal in women’s rowing at the 2012 Olympics.

Her rowing career began as a student in 2001 when she joined a learn-to-row program at SFU. Falling in love with the sport during her first practice, and inspired by other great Canadian rowers like Silken Laumann, Krista began working and dreaming toward the goal of rowing in the Olympics one day. Her quick rise through the ranks is nothing short of meteoric. After graduating from SFU, she moved to Ontario to train with the National Team and competed in her first World Championships in 2006 and her first Olympics in 2008.

Known for her hard work, consistency, and “boat feel”, the innate sense of when the boat is in balance and going fast, Krista became a team leader who was valued and respected for her ability to push and encourage people at the same time. Her resilience and commitment paid off in August 2012, when she and her teammates on the women’s eight rowing team won silver for Canada.

Krista stands out as a role model for young athletes and has volunteered countless hours to educate, coach and mentor young athletes. She contributes her time to numerous community events and charitable causes, and is the lead ambassador and spokesperson for The 60 Minute Kids Club, a national non-profit dedicated to encouraging kids to lead more active and healthy lives. Her achievements in rowing at the national level, World Cup Regattas, World Championships and the Olympic Games rank Krista among the top female rowers in the history of Canadian rowing.

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