The Montreal Olympics in 1976 were the first Olympics to include women’s rowing. The women competed over the 1k distance (the men raced 2k).
The US sent a full team and came home with two medal-winning performances:
1x: Joan Lind Van Blom Silver medal
2x: Jan Palchikoff, Diane Braceland Vreugdenhil
4x: Karen McClosky Keehn, Lisa Hanson Stone, Liz Hills O'Leary, Claudia Schneider Lockwood, coxn Irene Moreno
2-: Susan Morgan Hooten, Laura Staines Giardino
4+: Pam Behrens Golding, Cathy Menges Zagunis, Nancy Storrs, Judy Geer. Coxswain Mimi Kellogg Lyman
8+: Jackie Zoch, Anita DeFrantz, Carie Graves, Angie Greig, Anne Warner, Peggy McCarthy Bailey, Carol Brown, Gail Ricketson Helfer, Lynn Silliman Reed Bronze medal
Concept2 celebrates this trail-blazing team of women!
The US Women’s Rowing Team, entering the stadium for the Opening Ceremony.
As we celebrate these crews from 40 years ago, we also send cheers and good luck wishes to the women representing the US this year in Rio!