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Family, friends and fans came out to greet Olympic silver medallist Janine Hanson as she arrived at the airport late Wednesday night.

Originally from Winnipeg, Hanson was part of the silver medal-winning women's eight rowing squad in London.

On Thursday morning Hanson dropped by for a live interview in the Free Press News Café.

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The 29-year-old says every bit of sacrifice she has made during her athletic career, particularly over the last gruelling year, has been worth it.

"I got exactly what I wanted this year and that was to stand up out of the boat at the end of my race and really ask myself, regardless of the result, if I could have given anything more. The answer is ‘absolutely not’ and I am thrilled," she says.

Hanson will not attempt to defend her team’s medal in 2016 because she is retiring from competitive rowing. She is looking forward to getting married next February.

"Rowing will always be a part of my life but I will do it recreationally instead of having it be the sole focus of my life," she says.

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Updated on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 5:56 PM CDT: Updates headline

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