Record-Breaking: Meghan Musnicki Named to US Olympic Rowing Team at 41 Years Old

By Eleanor Harrison Mar26,2024
Meghan Musnicki secures spot on U.S. Olympic rowing team, keeping the eight dynasty alive

The U.S. Olympic team for Paris has named 21 rowers, including two-time gold medalist Meghan Musnicki, who will become the oldest American woman to row at an Olympics at the age of 41. Musnicki is part of a pool of 12 women who will be placed in either the four boat or the eight boat, announced U.S. Rowing after a selection camp ended on Sunday.

The women’s double sculls, women’s lightweight double sculls, and men’s four have more rowers named to the Olympic team. A full list can be found here. Additional rowers will qualify for the Paris Games through next week’s Olympic Trials in Sarasota, Florida, and an international qualifying regatta in May in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Musnicki is the last active link to the U.S. women’s eight dynasty that won every Olympic and world title from 2006 to 2016. She was in the last seven of those gold-medal boats from 2010 through 2016 and was the oldest team member at both the Rio Games and Tokyo Games. The eight placed fourth in Tokyo and took silver at the 2023 Worlds (where Musnicki competed in the coxless pair). She is now set to break the record held by Lisa Schlenker as the oldest U.S. Olympic female rower at age 39 and tie the American record for four Olympic rowing appearances with OlyMADMen records keeping track

By Eleanor Harrison

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