Virginia Gilder

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Ginny Gilder
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Personal information
Birth nameVirginia Anne Gilder
Born (1958-06-04) June 4, 1958 (age 61)
New York, New York
Alma materYale University (1979)
Occupationentrepreneur, investor
Other interestsco-owner of Seattle Storm

Virginia Anne Gilder (born June 4, 1958), also known as Ginny Gilder, is an American former competitive rower and Olympic silver medalist. An investor, Gilder is a co-owner of the Seattle Storm, a professional women's basketball team in the WNBA.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Gilder is the daughter of Richard Gilder and was raised on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.,[1][3] where she attended the Chapin School. For high school she attended a boarding school, graduating one year early.[1] Gilder went on to study history at Yale University,[1] graduating in 1979.[3]

Rowing career[edit]

Gilder was first selected for the U.S. Olympic team in 1980, the year that the United States boycotted the Olympic Games in Moscow, Russia.[1] She was one of 461 athletes to receive a Congressional Gold Medal many years later[4] She was a member of the American women's quadruple sculls team that won the silver medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.[5]


She is the author of Course Correction: A Story of Rowing and Resilience in the Wake of Title IX[6] which was released April 14, 2015 by Beacon Press. The paperback and audiobook were released April 12, 2016.


  1. ^ a b c d e Brewer, Jerry (September 25, 2012). "Storm co-owner Gilder's resolve takes your breath away". Seattle Times.
  2. ^ "Force 10 Hoops LLC". Seattle Storm / WNBA. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Borzilleri, Meri-Jo (March–April 2011). "Taking Seattle by Storm". Yale Alumni Magazine. Virginia Gilder '79
  4. ^ Caroccioli, Tom; Caroccioli, Jerry. Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Highland Park, IL: New Chapter Press. pp. 243–253. ISBN 978-0942257403.
  5. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Ginny Gilder". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.
  6. ^ Gilder, Ginny (April 14, 2015). Course Correction: A Story of Rowing and Resilience in the Wake of Title IX. Beacon Press. ISBN 9780807074770.

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