Name: Megan Kalmoe
Stats: 5’10″ / 160 lb.
Birthdate: August 21, 1983
Hometown: Saint Croix Falls, WI
Current residence: san diego, ca
I am a four-time member of the United States Women’s Olympic Rowing Team, and 13-time National Team member. I am the first and only American rower, male or female, to compete in four Olympic Games. Most recently I competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in the Women’s Pair. I competed in the 2016 and 2012 Olympic Games in the Women’s Quadruple Sculls and won a bronze medal in London–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
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 four Olympic Teams and eight Senior World Championship Teams (2009-2011; 2013-2015; 2017, 2019) in the Women’s Double Sculls, Women’s Quadruple Sculls, and Women’s Pair. I won a silver medal at the 2011 World Championships in the Women’s Quadruple Sculls, a silver medal in the 2014 and 2017 Women’s Pair, and the first-ever World Championship title for a US Women’s Quad in 2015. I first competed for the US at the Under-23 level in 2005 in the Women’s B4-.
I am a utility player
I can row interchangeably between the two disciplines of rowing (sculling: two oars each athlete; sweeping: one oar each athlete) but unlike most of my teammates, 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 less decorated events: the Pair, Double and Quad. I am one of the the smallest rowers on the US Team and also the oldest, but what I lack in size and youth I make up for in feistiness and attitude. I have a reputation for having a big mouth and big hair.
world travel, US National Parks, hiking the Triple Crown, cooking and baking; gardening, knitting, drawing, music, playing Mario Kart 64, the New York Times Crossword, my cats Cormac and Seamus