Medal ceremony for the Evers-Swindell twins – Gold, Beijing 2008
In Beijing Georgina and Caroline Evers-Swindell won one of the most fantastic finals in Olympic rowing history, beating the German double by a mere 0.01s, 7min 07.32s to 7min 07.33s. The New Zealanders had claimed the same title four years earlier in Athens and were only third or fourth favourites going into the final. Drawing on their years of training and their international experience, the duo muscled their way to victory in a phenomenal race which they led for just one stroke and for less than a second.
It was the first time in Olympic history that the women’s double scull title had successfully been defended. The twins carried the New Zealand flag at the closing ceremony.
In earlier years the twins had been tagged ‘the ice maidens’ by their overseas opponents because they seemed impervious to pressure and gave nothing away.
The Evers-Swindell sisters announced their retirement from rowing following the Beijing Olympic Games in October 2008.