Will Crothers gives people at the Cherryville Farmers Market a look at his London Olympics silver medal.

Will Crothers gives people at the Cherryville Farmers Market a look at his London Olympics silver medal.

Olympic rower pays visit

Fresh from being in London, Olympic silver medallist Will Crothers stopped by the Cherryville Farmer’s Market recently.

shalryn morrison

Special to The Morning Star

Fresh from being in London, Olympic silver medallist Will Crothers stopped by the Cherryville Farmer’s Market recently.

Spotted at the Cedarstein Farm Organics stall, Crothers was offering market-goers the opportunity to see his silver medal as part of his heartfelt thanks for the support Canadians have given the men’s eight rowing team.

“I’m happy to share with the community, and thanks to everyone who supports Canadian athletes, including the taxpayers,” said Crothers, of Kingston, Ont.

“People are always telling me I should thank so-and-so first, because they gave a $5,000 grant, but it’s the Canadian people who give us support all through the year, so I always thank them first.”

The men’s eight rowing team brought home one of only five silver medals for Canada from the Olympics.

The team had only three of the Olympic team champions from the Beijing Olympics, yet there was still the spirit and sheer iron of will and strength to bring the Canadian team from a last-place heat to take the silver away from the U.S., Great Britain, and the Netherlands.

Only the powerhouse team from Germany, which had not lost a race in four years, managed to hang onto its lead — by less than 1.25 seconds —  in the face of the determined Canadian pursuit.