Carol Brown (rower)
Brown in Montreal with bronze medal, 1976
|Full name||Carol Page Brown|
|Born||April 19, 1953 (age 64)
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
Carol Page Brown (born April 19, 1953) is an American rower who competed in the 1976 Summer Olympics. She was also a member of the 1980 Olympic Team Women's Eight which did not compete in the Moscow Olympic Games due to the US led boycott. She was a member of the 1984 Olympic Team in Los Angeles.
Her first US National Team was the 1974 World Championships where she and Princeton teammate Janet Youngholm raced to a 5th-place finish....the first US Women's boat to reach a world championship finals. They qualified for the US Team by being National Champions in the pair event racing for Princeton University.
In 1976 she was a crew member of the American boat which won the bronze medal in the eights event, the first time women's rowing was on the Olympic program. Carol was also a 9 times member of the US National Rowing Team including the 1980 and the 1984 Olympic Teams. She is the holder of 3 silver and 1 bronze world championship medals. She won a gold medal at the Royal Henley Regatta in 1981 in the coxed fours. This was the first time women raced at Henley. At the time of her retirement she held more World Championship medals than any other US woman.
Carol and the other members of the 1980 US Olympic Team were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award which may be bestowed by the United States Congress. The medals were awarded to record the historical sacrifice the 1980 Olympians made to preserve freedom as well as to record the patriotic role of the 1980 US Olympic Team in the Cold War with the Soviet Union.
Carol was inducted into the US Rowing Hall of Fame in 1991 (1980 Women's Eight) and a 2nd time in 2016 (1976 Women's Eight).
She is featured in the book "The Red Rose Crew" by Daniel J. Boyne, the story of the 1975 US Women's World Championship 8 which won a silver medal.
Carol rowed for Princeton University and was also the founder and 3 time captain of the Princeton Women's Swimming Team. She was a member of 3 All American relay teams (1973 and 1974) one of which set an American record (1973).
Carol is currently a Vice President, US Olympians and Paralympians Association (USOPA), the USOC athlete alumni organization.
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