Marcus McElhenney

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Olympic medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's Rowing
Gold medal – first place 2009 Poznan Men's Coxed Pairs
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Beijing Eights
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Eton Men's Eights
Gold medal – first place 2005 Kaizu Men's Eights
Silver medal – second place 2005 Kaizu Men's Coxed Fours
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Banyoles Men's Coxed Fours
Gold medal – first place 2003 Milano Men's Coxed Fours

Marcus McElhenney (born July 27, 1981) is an American coxswain. He won a bronze medal in the men's eight at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

McElhenney first competed internationally in 2002, representing the United States in Lintz, Austria at the Nations' Cup (Under 23 World Championships) where he coxed the men's eight to a silver medal. McElhenney was invited to try out for the 2002 Under 23 World Championship team, but was among the first cut from the selection camp, allegedly because of complaints over his performance the year before.

His first major international success at the senior/Olympic level came at the 2003 World Rowing Championships in Milan where he won a gold medal in the coxed four event. A year later at the 2004 World Rowing Championships he won a bronze medal in the same event. At 2005 World Rowing Championships he coxed both the eights and fours, winning a gold and a silver medal respectively. In 2007 won both the eights and coxed fours at the 2007 USRowing championships.

McElhenney grew up in Delaware County, Pennsylvania and graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is also the cousin of actor Rob McElhenney. He currently works at Sparks Consulting, a social business that is concerned with rowing community development.[1]