Name: Megan Kalmoe
Stats: 5’10″ / 160 lb.
Birthdate: August 21, 1983
Birthplace: Minneapolis, MN
Hometown: Saint Croix Falls, WI
I am a three-time member of the United States Women’s Olympic Rowing Team. Most recently I competed in the 2016 Olympic Games in the Women’s Quadruple Sculls. I also 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 three Olympic Teams and seven Senior World Championship Teams (2009-2011; 2013-2015) 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 Women’s Pair, and the first-ever World Championship title for a US Women’s Quad in 2015.
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 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 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; my cat, Jasper; USRowing High Performance Committee (athlete representative)