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Carol Anne Letheren

Carol Anne Letheren

Carol Anne Letheren née Wood (July 27, 1942 — February 2, 2001) was the secretary general of the Canadian Olympic Association and a member of the International Olympic Committee. Letheren was awarded the Canadian Olympic Order in 2001 and inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 2010 posthumously.

Carol Anne Letheren
Secretary General of the Canadian Olympic Association
In office
Personal details
Carol Anne Wood

(1942-07-27)July 27, 1942
Owen Sound, Ontario
DiedFebruary 2, 2001(2001-02-02) (aged 58)
Toronto, Ontario
Cause of deathbrain aneurysm

Early life and education

Letheren was born on July 27, 1942 in Owen Sound, Ontario and spent her childhood in Guelph. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a bachelor's degree in physical education and a Master of Business Administration from York University.[1]


Letheren began her sports career as an archery coach for the University of Toronto in 1963. She coached for the university until 1970 when she continued her teaching at York University. Letheren remained at York until 1977.[2] During her time at York, Letheren was the vice president of the Canadian Gymnastics Federation.[3]

In sports competitions, Letheren was a judge at the Olympic Games and the Pan American Games throughout the mid 1970s to late 1980s. Apart from judging, Letheren continued her Olympic work by joining the Canadian Olympic Association in 1981 and was the head of mission of the Canadian team at the 1988 Summer Olympics.[3] For the COA, she held multiple positions for the committee including president and secretary general in 1994.[4] In 1990, Letheren became a member of the International Olympic Committee.[5] With the IOC, Letheren was a coordinator of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee that was in charge of the 2002 Winter Olympics.[6]


Letheren died from a brain aneurysm on February 2, 2001 in Toronto, Ontario.[3]

Personal life

Letheren was married and had one child.[5]

Awards and honours

In 2001, Letheren was awarded the Canadian Olympic Order and posthumously inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 2010.[4] She was also posthumously named into the Guelph Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.[7]


  1. Paton, Garth (2010). "Carol Anne Letheren (1942-2001): A Life in Sport—Far Too Short" (PDF). Rethinking Matters Olympic: Investigations into the Socio-Cultural Study of the Modern Olympic Movement. Tenth International Symposium for Olympic Research. London, Ontario: University of Western Ontario. pp. 154–55.
  2. "Letheran Carol Anne Wood". University of Toronto Varsity Blues. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  3. "COA chief executive Letheren dies of aneurysm". CBC. February 3, 2001. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  4. "2010 Hall of Fame Inductee: Carol Anne Letheren". Canadian Olympic Team. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  5. Longman, Jere (February 3, 2001). "Carol Anne Letheren, 58, Member Of International Olympic Panel". New York Times. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  6. Blair, Jeff (February 8, 2001). "Letheren upheld Olympic ideals". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  7. "Carol Anne (Wood) Letheren". Guelph Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
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