Against the Odds: Meghan Musnicki Defies Age in Quest for Olympic Gold in Paris

Meghan Musnicki secures spot on U.S. Olympic rowing team, keeping the eight dynasty alive

The United States Olympic team for the upcoming Games in Paris has announced the first 21 rowers, including two-time gold medalist Meghan Musnicki. At 41 years old, Musnicki is set to become the oldest American woman to ever participate in an Olympic rowing event. She is part of a group of 12 women who will be placed in either the four boat or eight boat.

Musnicki, nicknamed “Moose,” has been a crucial member of the U.S. women’s eight dynasty that has won every Olympic and world title from 2006 to 2016. She was in the last seven of those gold-medal boats from 2010 through 2016 and was the oldest team member at both the Rio Games and Tokyo Games. The eight placed fourth in Tokyo and took silver at the 2023 Worlds (where Musnicki competed in the coxless pair). With this upcoming Games, she is in line to break the record for oldest U.S. Olympic female rower held by Lisa Schlenker, who competed at age 39 during the Athens Games. She can also tie the American record for four Olympic rowing appearances.

In addition to Musnicki, Nina Castagna has been named as coxswain of the eight after Katelin Guregian retired following her second Games in Tokyo. Castagna is set to become

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