In a press release from the Canadian Olympic Committee on Friday, Canadian Olympic silver medallist John Wood passed away on Wednesday at the age of 62.
Wood won an Olympic silver medal for Canada in the men's 500m canoeing competition at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. Wood posted a time of 1:59.58 seconds to record Canada's best result at the first Olympic Games hosted on Canadian soil. Wood's silver medal in canoeing was one of the five silver medals Canada won at the Olympic Games 37 years ago.
After winning his Olympic silver medal, Wood went on to win a silver medal with Gregory Smith of Brantford, Ontario at the 1977 World Rowing Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria in the men's C-2 500m.
After his athletic career came to a close, Wood went on to be the chair of the Canadian Olympic Foundation.
Wood, who was living in Oakville, Ontario, is survived by his wife Debbie and four children.