Birthplace: Drexel Hill, Pa.
Hometown: Lansdowne, Pa.
Current Residence: Havertown, Pa.
Club Affiliation: New York Athletic Club
Began Rowing: Monsignor Bonner, 1997
Date of Birth: 7/27/81
High School: Monsignor Bonner, Drexel Hill, Pa.
Undergraduate Education: Temple University, B.A. with Honors in Psychology, 2003
Graduate Education: University of San Francisco, School of Law, Class of 2013
Training Location: Chula Vista, Calif.
Current Coach: Tim McLaren, Cam Kiosoglous, Vinny Ventura
Years on National Team: Nine — 2001, Under 23; 2003-09, Senior; 2011 Pan Am
International Results: Won gold in the eight at the 2011 Pan American Games...Won gold in the pair with coxswain at the 2009 World Rowing Championships…Took bronze in the eight at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing…Finished fourth in the eight at the 2007 World Rowing Championships…Won gold in the eight at the 2006 Eon Hanse Canal Cup…Took bronze in the eight at the 2006 World Rowing Championships…Took bronze in the eight at the 2005 Eon Hanse Canal Cup…Took gold in the eight and bronze with the four with coxswain at the 2005 World Rowing Championships…Took bronze in the eight at the 2004 Eon Hanse Canal Cup…Took bronze in the four with coxswain at the 2004 World Rowing Senior and Junior Championships…Took silver in the eight at the 2003 Eon Hanse Canal Cup…Won gold in the four with coxswain at the 2003 World Rowing Championships…Took silver in the eight at the 2001 World Rowing Under 23 Championships.
National Results: Won gold in the eight at the 2009 USRowing Elite Nationals…Won the championship eight at the 2007 Head of the Charles Regatta…Won gold in the eight and gold in the four with coxswain at the 2007 USRowing Elite Nationals…Won the championship eight at the 2003 Head of the Charles Regatta.
Personal: Marcus’s hobbies include running, reading, cooking pizza with teammate Wes Piermarini, and wine tasting…His most memorable sporting achievement is a three-way tie between winning a Dad Vail gold medal in 2003, taking Olympic bronze in 2008, and winning the World Championship in 2009…Marcus’s cousin, Rob McElhenney, is the creator of and writer for the show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”…After his performance at the Beijing Olympics, Marcus received a Congressional Citation from the Honorable Joe Sestack…The most influential person in his sporting career and life is his mother, because she has always been there for him…Marcus’s personal heroes are his parents, who were able to do a great deal with very little and showed him that anything is possible…Marcus hopes to win another Olympic medal and to become an attorney.
Marcus McElhenney, with Matthew Wheeler, gives an erg demonstration at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.
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