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Angela Madsen

Track and Field

  • 2012
  • 2008

Name: Angela Madsen
Para Track and Field
Shot Put, Javelin, Discus
Current Residence: Long Beach, CA

Paralympic Experience:

  • 2012 Paralympic Games - bronze (shot put) Paralympic Record 8.88 meters shot put
  • 2008 Paralympic Games – Seventh (Rowing)

Career Highlights:

  • 2012 Paralympic Track & Field Trials – Gold (Shot Put), Silver (Javelin)
  • 2011 Parapan American Games – Silver (Shot Put)
  • World record holder in shot put
  • Americas record holder in shot put and javelin
  • 2008 Paralympic Games – Seventh (Rowing)
  • 2000-08 Rowing National Championships - Gold (Rowing)
  • 2003-06 Rowing World Championships - Gold (Rowing)
  • 2002 Rowing World Championships - Silver (Rowing men’s 1X)

Ocean Rowing:

  • 2014 Guinness World record #'s 7,8,9  (Women's 2X 2,600 mile ocean row of the Pacific Ocean unescorted & unassisted California to Hawaii in 60 days 1 hour)
  • 2013 Solo unescorted & unassisted ocean row of the Pacific Ocean California to Hawaii rowing failed attempt. 7 days 172 miles 
  • 2011 Guinness World Record #5&6 (Rowed and skippered unescorted & unassisted mixed 16X 2,600 miles across the Atlantic in 47 days +5 days coastal from Agadir Morocco to Tarfya Morocco )
  • 2010 Guinness World Record #4 (Rowed a women’s 4X ocean rowing 2,010 mile Circumnavigation of GB unescorted & unassisted in 51 days)
  • 2009 Guinness World Record #3 (Rowed and skippered mixed8X 3,600 miles across the Indian ocean unescorted & unassisted in 58 days)
  • 2007 Guinness World Record #1&2 (Rowed mixed 2X across the Atlantic ocean unescorted & unassisted in 67 days)

Fun Facts: 

  • 2013 Book release: ”Rowing against the wind” by Angela Madsen

           ISBNs: 978-1-55571-750-6 (paperback) 978-1-55571-751-3 (e-book)

           Available through most retail and online booksellers. Published by Hellgate Press

  • The only Paraplegic to Surf in The Women’s World Championships of Longboard Surfing in Biarritz, France and made the 2015 USA ISA Adaptive surf team
  • The only paraplegic in the world who rows oceans unescorted & unassisted
  • The only person in the world, male or female, to complete 4 ocean rowing crossings of 3 oceans and to have rowed a circumnavigation of Great Britain.
  • She has 285 days at sea rowing over 14,000 miles across oceans and is not stopping anytime soon! 


  • Amateur Athletic Foundation named Madsen a recipient of the Women Who Inspire Us award…
  •  Received the Leo Reilly, Jr. Award in 2003 for outstanding spirit and determination…
  • In 2010 she was a Long Beach Aquatic Capital of America aquatic athlete award honoree
  • 2011 California Paralyzed Veterans Association Legacy of Hope American Spirit Award winner…
  •  Named City of Long Beach Press Telegram 2011 Amazing Woman of the Year in the sports category. 
  • In 2014 received the Athletes in Excellence award from The Foundation For Global Sports Development

 Volunteer Experience:

  • Level III US Rowing coach at the 501-c3 California Adaptive Rowing Program and at Military & Paralympic Sport Clubs and camps
  • Track & Field Throws coach at Disability Sport Festivals, and at Military & Paralympic Sport Clubs and camps
  • Board of Directors, Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Foundation
  • Board of Directors, Paralyzed Veterans of America, California Chapter
  • Public Speaking
  • Ready Set Gold

Future goals:

  • 2016 Paralympics
  • 2017 rowing across an ocean solo unsupported & unassisted 

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