Name: Megan Kalmoe
Stats: 5’10″ / 160 lb.
Birthdate: August 21, 1983
Birthplace: Minneapolis, MN
Hometown: Saint Croix Falls, WI
I am a two-time member of the United States Women’s Olympic Rowing Team. I competed in the London 2012 Olympic Games in the Women’s Quadruple Sculls and won a bronze medal–the first ever Olympic medal in that event for the United States. I also competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the Women’s Double Sculls where I finished fifth.
Undergraduate: University of Washington, 2006
Degrees: English, BA ; Latin, BA
I am a 2006 graduate of the University of Washington, where I learned to row as a sophomore. I walked on to the Team in 2002, and by my senior year was the Varsity Captain and an All American.
Started Rowing: 2002, University of Washington
Currently Training: USRowing Training Center, Princeton, NJ
Club Affiliation: New York Athletic Club
I moved to Princeton, New Jersey in 2006 to train full time with the National Team. I have rowed on two Olympic Teams and three Senior World Championship Teams (2009-2011) in the Women’s Double Sculls and Women’s Quadruple Sculls. I won a silver medal at the 2011 World Championships in the Women’s Quadruple Sculls.
I am part of the women’s sculling team
(sculling: two oars each athlete; sweeping: one oar each athlete) which means I have never competed in the US Women’s flagship event, the Women’s Eight. I have dedicated my career to improving the profile of women’s sculling the United States and creating medal opportunities for American athletes in the Women’s Double Sculls and Women’s Quadruple Sculls. I am the smallest rower on the US Team but what I lack in size I make up for in feistiness and attitude. I have a reputation for having a big mouth and for having big hair.
I am an active blogger and multimedia nerd, and have been documenting my training and travels with the Team since 2007. I bring my Kodak Playsport, Canon Rebel T3, MacBook Pro and iPad with me on team trips as my primary means of capturing my experiences and sharing them on the web.
OTHER INTERESTS: world travel; US National Parks; hiking the Triple Crown; cooking and baking; gardening; knitting; drawing; film; music; playing Mario Kart 64; foreign languages; coffee, wine and beer; Conlin McCabe; Netflix; Robert Downey Junior; Dancing With the Stars; USRowing High Performance Committee (athlete representative)