Carol Brown (rower)

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Carol Brown
CB with 1976 medal.jpg
Brown in Montreal with bronze medal, 1976
Personal information
Full nameCarol Page Brown
BornApril 19, 1953 (1953-04-19) (age 65)
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 that 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.

Biography[edit]

Brown rowed for Princeton University and was the founder and three-time captain of the Princeton women's swimming team.[citation needed] She was a member of three All American relay teams (1973 and 1974) one of which set an American record (1973).[citation needed]

Her first US National Team was the 1974 World Championships where she and Princeton teammate Janet Youngholm raced to a fifth-place finish; the first US women's boat to reach a world championship finals.[citation needed] They qualified for the US Team by being National Champions in the pair event racing for Princeton University. At the 1975 World Rowing Championships, Brown won a silver medal with the women's eight.[1]

In 1976 she was a crew member of the American boat that won an Olympic bronze medal in the eight event, the first time women's rowing was on the Olympic program.[2] Brown was a nine-times member of the US National Rowing Team including the 1980 and the 1984 Olympic Teams. She is the holder of three silver and one bronze world championship medals.[1] 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.[3]

Brown 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.[citation needed]

Brown was inducted into the US Rowing Hall of Fame in 1991 (1980 women's eight)[citation needed] and a second time in 2016 (1976 women's eight).[4]

She is featured in the book "The Red Rose Crew" by Daniel J. Boyne, the story of the 1975 US women's World Championship eight that won a silver medal.[5]

Brown is currently a Vice President, US Olympians and Paralympians Association (USOPA), the USOC athlete alumni organization.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Brown married another Princeton alumni, Lindsay Pomeroy, and they have one son. Their son also attended Princeton and played for the Princeton Tigers men's ice hockey.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Carol Brown". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Carol Brown". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  3. ^ Marshall, Sarah (September 1, 2015). "How U.S. National Team Boats Get Named". archive.usrowing.org. Retrieved January 4, 2019. When she retired, Brown held more world championship medals than any other U.S. woman.
  4. ^ "23 Olympic Medalists To Be Inducted Into National Rowing Hall Of Fame". teamusa.org. April 19, 2016. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  5. ^ Katy Bergen (April 22, 2016). "1976 Olympic rowers to be honored at Hall of Fame ceremony". heraldtribune.com. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  6. ^ "Leadership". teamusa.org. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  7. ^ "STUART POMEROY". goprincetontigers.com. Retrieved January 4, 2019.