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Unveiling the Untold Story of Olympian Krista Guloien Temple: A Journey of Resilience and Endurance

Depending how you know her, Krista Guloien Temple is many things to many people. She is a mother, a wife, sister and daughter. To many more, she was a teammate, a mentor, a friend and a beacon of strength. She is a now also a cancer warrior.

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Olympic History of Krista Guloien Temple

Two-time Olympian Krista Guloien was a member of the silver-medal winning women’s eight crew at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Guloien was a member of the quad sculls crew at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing that finished eighth. Entering the London Games she had competed at five World Championships, winning back-to-back silver medals in the eight in 2010 and 2011. At the 2006 and 2007 World Championships, Guloien had fifth-place finishes in the coxless fours and quad sculls, respectively.

Krista Guloien is a world-class athlete who achieved the pinnacle of athletic achievement by winning a silver medal for Canada in women’s rowing at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. She can now call herself an author as well!

Her rowing career began as a student in 2001 when she joined a learn-to-row program at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Falling in love with the sport during her first practice, and inspired by other great Canadian rowers like Silken Laumann and Marnie McBean, Krista began working and dreaming toward the goal of rowing in the Olympics one day. Her quick rise through the ranks was nothing short of meteoric. She graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from Simon Fraser University. After graduating from SFU, she moved to Ontario to train with Rowing Canada’s National Team and competed in 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 herself and encourage her team members at the same time. Her resilience and commitment paid off in August 2012, when she and her teammates competed in the women’s eight and won a silver medal 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, including Fast and Female, 60 Minute Kids’ Club, Game Ready Fitness, viaSport, and KidSport, Washington Kid's Foundation and Her Time. All are either provincial or national organizations dedicated to encouraging youth to lead more active and healthy lives by getting involved in sport.

Her achievements in rowing at the national level in World Rowing Cup Regattas, World Rowing Championships, and the Olympic Games rank Krista among the top female rowers in the history of Canadian rowing.

Life After Olympics

After the London Olympics, Krista settled back at her home in Vancouver. Through writing about her transition from high-level athlete to the next chapter in her life, she hopes to help others prepare and manage the transition from sport successfully. Since her time in sport, she has taken a one-year fashion merchandising program at Blanche Macdonald Centre, and worked at Lululemon in store and on the website.

She is now sharing her epic battle and her journey with fighting breast cancer. She hopes to motivate and help others in their journey.

On March 9th, 2024, as Krista went to open a jar of pickles, she broke her arm. This seemingly routine act would later confirm that her breast cancer from 2022 had returned, now in her bones. Upon further private testing Krista was diagnosed with stage four cancer, which included six lesions from her head to her waist.Krista will undergo an advanced treatment of Intratumoral Immunotherapy, for which we believe she is an ideal candidate.  The cost of these private treatments surpass hundreds of thousands of dollars.

This mother of two needs your support in this epic journey in receiving urgent medical treatment.  Krista Guloien Temple is a friend, a sister, a mother, a wife, a daughter.

YOU can make a difference in Krista's fight.

She is passionate about helping people to feel empowered, confident, motivated, and worthy. She is also passionate about her family, children, animals and non toxic living.

Discover the Inspiring World of Krista Guloien Temple: Videos and More

In her new book 'Beyond the Finish Line: What Happens When the Endorphins Fade', rower Krista Guloien reflects on her journey after winning a silver medal with Canada's Women's Eight team at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London.

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