Mike McKay (rower)
|Olympic medal record|
|Gold||1992 Barcelona||Coxless Four|
|Gold||1996 Atlanta||Coxless Four|
In 1990, McKay, with Nick Green, Sam Patten, James Tomkins began racing the coxless four. Their success was immediate. They won the 1990 and 1991 World Rowing Championships. And with Andrew Cooper replacing Sam Patten, they followed up with a gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. The crew's success gained them the nickname Oarsome Foursome.
In 1998, McKay, with the other members of the Oarsome Foursome, teamed to win the coxless four, and McKay with Drew Ginn placed second in the coxless pair. In 1999, the boat would go on to try out, but lose the 1999 Australian selection trials in the four without. Nick Green retired, Tomkins and Ginn decided to switch to the coxless pairs, and McKay tried out for the Australian eight which ended up finishing seventh at the World Championships.
McKay made the eight for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, and the boat came in as one of the favorites. They won their opening heat, but in the finals, the British crew got out to an early lead, which they managed to hold until the end nipping the Australian eight, which finished second, by 0.8 seconds.
In 1993, McKay and the other members of his 1992 Olympic boat were awarded the Order of Australia.
Thomas Keller Medal: For an outstanding career in rowing. Presented at the III Cup Event in Lucerne
- 2004 - Bronze, Eight
- 2000 - Silver, Eight
- 1996 - Gold, Coxless Four (with Nick Green, Drew Ginn, James Tomkins)
- 1992 - Gold, Coxless Four (with Nick Green, Andrew Cooper, James Tomkins)
- 1988 - 5th, Eight
- 1999 - Seventh, Eight
- 1998 - Gold, Coxed Four (with Nick Green, James Tomkins, Drew Ginn and Brett Hayman (cox))
- 1998 - Silver, Pair w/out (with Drew Ginn)
- 1995 - 5th, Coxless Four (with Nick Green, Drew Ginn, James Tomkins)
- 1991 - Gold, Coxless Four (with Nick Green, Sam Patten, James Tomkins)
- 1990 - Gold, Coxless Four (with Nick Green, Sam Patten, James Tomkins)