Margot Shumway will represent the United States in the 2012 Olympic Games. This will be her second trip to the Olympics, with the first coming in 2008 in China, where she her women’s quadruple-sculls team placed fifth.
Born in Cincinnati, Shumway did not enter college with athletic aspirations. However, she was approached by a coach prior to her senior year in 2001 at Ohio State and began her rowing career with the Buckeyes that year.
After graduating in 2002 with a degree in comparative studies, Shumway continued her rowing career with great success. She currently rows at the Potomac Boat Club in Washington, DC. She has been a fixture on the international rowing stage for the United States, and earned her trip to the Olympics after placing winning double-sculls at the 2012 Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Switzerland.
Shumway’s fan base is considerable. Margot’s mother, Julia, runs a wonderful blog documenting her daughter’s Olympic journey.
Shumway will spring into action July 30th in the women’s double-sculls.