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Sprint canoeist Mark Oldershaw first came to prominence when he won Gold Medals in both the C-1 500 m and C-1 1,000 m events as an 18 year old at the 2001 World Junior Championships. However, a tumor was discovered in his prominent rowing hand, and as a result of two surgeries and a subsequent damaged nerve, Oldershaw missed the qualifying for the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Oldershaw would recover in time to qualify for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, however he failed to medal. These setbacks only made Oldershaw mentally stronger and more determined to reach his full potential. After placing 5th at the 2011 World Championship in the C-1 1,000 m event, Oldershaw made the Canadian Olympic team for the 2012 games in London. Oldershaw did Canada proud, as he returned from the Olympics with a Bronze Medal in the C-1 1,000 m event. Oldershaw followed up his Olympic performance by winning Bronze Medals in both the C-1 5000 m and 4xC-1 200 m events at the 2013 World Championships.