Franco-American Collection

Glorianne Perrier

"As I put one foot in the boat, I went into the water.  That kind of woke me up and made me a little mad...I kept trying and they counted 21 times that I fell into the water in front of the dock.  I went home without paddling any.  They thought I would never come back, but I did...a year later, I was on the Olympic team in Rome"  

Glorianne Perrier, Tokyo, 1964

Lewiston-born Glorianne Perrier became an Olympic kayaker by accident, and in her first race, her task was simply to stay afloat and finish third in a field of three contestants. 

She would later go on to be US National K-1 Champion and win a silver medal in the 500m K-2 (doubles) sprint in the 1964 Olympics.


Return to oral histories.


Listen to her interview.

Read the transcript (PDF)

Giving to the Collection

Researchers working at the Franco-American Collection.

The operation of the Franco-American Collection, its educational programs and the preservation of its materials are dependent on your generosity. 

Find out more about giving to the Collection through the University of Southern Maine. 

Under "Gift Details," click on "Gifts to specific...".  In the pop-up box, click the first box "Other..." then "Continue." That will take you back to the main form but now you will be able to write in "Franco-American Collection" to direct your donation correctly.

Learn More

Connect With Us