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Mary Whipple

Mary Whipple

Women’s Eight  

Birthplace: Sacramento, Calif.

Hometown: Orangevale, Calif.

Current Residence: Princeton, N.J.

Club Affiliation: USRowing Training Center - Princeton

Began Rowing: Capital Crew, 1994 

Date of Birth: 5/10/80

Height: 5’3”

Weight: 106

High School: Sacramento Adventist Academy, 1998

Undergraduate Education: University of Washington, 2002           

Graduate Education: University of Washington, M.Ed. in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership, 2010

Training Location: Princeton, N.J.

Current Coach: Tom Terhaar

Years on National Team: Twelve – 1998, Junior; 2001-08, 2010-12, Senior

International Results: Won gold in the eight at the 2012 Olympic Games...Won gold and set a world best time (5:54.17) in the heat in the eight at the 2012 Samsung World Rowing Cup II...Won gold in the eight at the 2011 World Rowing Championships...Won gold in the eight at the 2011 Rowing World Cup stop in Lucerne...Won the Remenham Challenge Cup and set the course record at the 2011 Henley Royal Regatta...Won gold in the eight at the 2010 World Rowing Championships...Won gold in the eight at the 2008 Olympic Games…Won gold in the eight at the 2008 Rowing World Cup stop in Lucerne…Won gold in the eight at the 2007 World Rowing Championships…Won gold in the eight at the 2007 Rowing World Cup stop in Lucerne…Won gold and set a world record (5:55.50) in the eight at the 2006 World Rowing Championships…Took silver in the eight at the 2006 Rowing World Cup stop in Lucerne…Won the Remenham Cup at the 2006 Henley Royal Regatta…Finished fourth in the eight at the 2005 World Rowing Championships…Took bronze in the eight at the 2005 Rowing World Cup stop in Munich…Took silver in the eight at the 2004 Olympic Games…Won gold in the eight at the 2004 Rowing World Cup stop in Lucerne…Won gold in the eight at the 2004 Rowing World Cup stop in Munich…Finished fifth in the eight at the 2003 World Rowing Championships…Won gold in the eight at the 2003 Rowing World Cup stop in Munich…Won gold in the eight at the 2003 Rowing World Cup stop in Milan…Won gold in the eight at the 2002 World Rowing Championships…Finished fourth in the eight at the 2001 World Rowing Championships…Won the Henley Prize at the 2000 Henley Royal Regatta…Finished fifth in the eight at the 1998 World Rowing Junior Championships.

National Results: Won the championship eight and set the course record at the 2007 Head of the Charles Regatta…Won the eight at the 2007 USRowing National Championships…Won the championship eight at the 2006 Head of the Charles Regatta…Won the championship eight at the 2005 Head of the Charles Regatta…Won the championship eight at the 2002 Head of the Charles Regatta…Won the eight at the 2002 USRowing National Championships…Won the eight at the 2002 NCAA Championships…Won the eight at the 2001 USRowing National Championships…Won the eight at the 2001 NCAA Championships…Took silver in the eight at the 2000 NCAA Championships…Won the four with coxswain at the 1999 NCAA Championships.  

Personal: Mary was part of the Olympic eight that won the 2008 Olympic gold medal in Beijing and was named the 2008 World Rowing Female Crew of the Year by FISA, the international governing body of rowing…She was also part of the Olympic eight that set a world record in the heat and won a silver medal in the final in Athens…Mary enjoys snowboarding, backpacking, hiking and cross-country skiing…She would like to go backpacking in New Zealand on the Routeburn Track…Her favorite spectator sport is basketball, and she used to enjoy going to Sacramento Kings games at ARCO Arena when she lived in Sacramento…Mary’s favorite movie is Pride and Prejudice, but she is also a closet sci-fi fan, growing up with Star WarsBack to the Future and Star Trek…She enjoys cooking and says Mexican food, especially guacamole, is her favorite…Mary’s first concert was the Beastie Boys, one of her favorite groups; she also likes the Black Eyed Peas and No Doubt…Mary is the youngest of four and has a twin sister who coxed at the University of California, Davis…Mary and her sister, Sarah, coxed their respective crews to national titles at the 2002 NCAA Championships…Mary’s parents, Al and Meg, have traveled to all of Mary’s international races and have been known to break out the camping gear overseas.