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USRowing will be sending as many as 48 athletes to Sea Forest Waterway to compete in up to 14 events (seven for men and seven for women) at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. 

The U.S. qualified eight of 14 Olympic boats at the 2019 World Rowing Championships, with the six remaining boats having a last chance to qualify May 16-18, 2021, at the 2021 FISA Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland.

In 2019, the U.S. won six medals at the world championships. In the Olympic-boat categories, the U.S. won bronze in the women’s eight and women’s single sculls, while reaching the final in the women’s double sculls, women’s pair, women’s four, men’s four and men’s eight. The U.S. will be looking to improve on that performance in Tokyo.

At the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the U.S. sent 41 rowers and secured two medals, with the women’s eight winning gold and Gevvie Stone winning silver in the women's single sculls.

Updated on July 20, 2020. For more information, contact the sport press officer here.

Women’s Eight – The U.S. women’s eight has won gold at three consecutive Olympic Games and won a gold at either the world championships or Olympic Games 12 of the last 14 years. After failing to medal in 2017, the U.S. was back on top of the medal stand at the 2018 world championships and look to continue this success at Tokyo 2020.

Women’s National Team – The women’s national team reached the finals in five Olympic-class boats at the 2019 World Rowing Championships, including bronze in the women’s eight and single sculls. The U.S. women are poised to be medal threats across the board in Tokyo.

Men’s Team Under Mike Teti – In 2018, Mike Teti returned to the position of USRowing’s men’s head coach after spending 10 years in the same position at the University of California, Berkeley. Before heading to UC Berkeley, Teti served as USRowing’s men’s head coach from 1997-2008. He coached the U.S. men’s eight to nine world championship medals during that time period, including four golds in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2005. At the Olympic Games Athens 2004, he directed the men’s eight team to a world record in its heat and an eventual gold, marking the first time the United States captured the men’s eight title since 1964. He followed that up in 2008, helping coach the team to bronze in Beijing 2008. Teti has the men’s eight primed to get back on the medal stand in Tokyo.

Kara Kohler – In only her second year as a single sculler in 2019, Kohler reached the medal stand at the world championships, winning bronze. Kohler, a 2012 Olympian in the women’s quadruple sculls, will have to defeat Gevvie Stone, the defending Olympic silver medalist, in this year’s U.S. single sculls trials to earn her spot for Tokyo 2020.

Men's Talent Infusion - The men's under 23 national team program has had several medal-winning performances at the 2018 and 2019 World Rowing Under 23 Championships, and the senior national team is about to see the fruits of that success. With the addition of several athletes from those boats, the talent pool and medal pool for Tokyo has expanded. 

Austin Hack (Old Lyme, Connecticut)
A 2016 Olympian Hack has returned for a shot at a medal after finishing fourth in the men’s eight at Rio 2016. He joins a strong, ever-developing group of athletes at the men’s training center that is looking to return to the medal stand in Tokyo 2020.

Kara Kohler (Clayton, California)
In only her second year as a single sculler in 2019, Kohler reached the medal stand at the world championships, winning bronze. Kohler, a 2012 Olympian in the women’s quadruple sculls, will have to defeat Gevvie Stone, the defending Olympic silver medalist, in this year’s U.S. single sculls trials to earn her spot for Tokyo 2020.

Gevvie Stone (Newton Massachusetts) 
After taking two years off from international competition, Dr. Gevvie Stone returned to the national team in 2019, racing in the women’s double sculls. The 2016 Olympic silver medalist in the single sculls should be a medal threat in whichever event she qualifies.

Meghan Musnicki (Naples, New York)
A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Musnicki returned in 2019 after a two-year hiatus following the 2016 Olympic Games. Musnicki brings a wealth of experience to the women’s team, which has a strong mixture of returning Olympians and newcomers.

Alex Miklasevich (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Liam Corrigan (Old Lyme, Connecticut), Chris Carlson (Bedford, New Hampshire)
Miklasevich, Corrigan and Carlson have been staples on the U23 national team the past few years and are poised to make an impact at the senior level as the Tokyo Games approach.

The selection process for USRowing’s boats for the 2020 Olympic Games will have several layers that will fall into four basic categories. Boats are first categorized into “Camp-Selected Boats” or “Non Camp-Selected Boats.” They are further classified into the qualified boat and non-qualified boat categories.

The first step of the selection process occurred at the 2019 World Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria. This was the first opportunity for countries to qualify their boats (not individual athletes) for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The U.S. qualified eight of 14 Olympic boats in Austria. Qualified boats included the women’s single sculls, women’s double sculls, women’s quadruple sculls, women’s pair, men’s four, women’s four, men’s eight and women’s eight.

In the remaining six boat classes, U.S. crews will have a second opportunity to earn a spot in the Olympic Games at the final Olympic qualification regatta scheduled for May 16-18, 2021 in Lucerne, Switzerland. These boats include the men’s single sculls, men’s double sculls, lightweight men’s double sculls, lightweight women’s double sculls, men’s quadruple sculls and men’s pair.

With the Olympic Games being postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19, new selection procedures are in the process of being approved by the USOPC. USRowing will announce the updated selection procedures upon approval by the USOPC. 

With the Olympic Games being postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19, new selection procedures are in the process of being approved by the USOPC. USRowing will announce the updated selection procedures upon approval by the USOPC.
 April 30- May 2, 2021: World Rowing Cup I (Zagreb, Croatia)
 May 16-18, 2021: Final Olympic Qualification Regatta (Lucerne, Switzerland)
 May 21-23, 2021: World Cup II (Lucerne, Switzerland)
 June 4-6, 2021: World Cup III (Sabaudia, Italy)

All USRowing selection dates and trials dates will be announced later this year after approval by the USOPC.