RR Interview: Virginia Alum and Rio 2016 Hopeful Meghan O'Leary

O'Leary (left) and Ellen Tomek on the podium in 2014 (Photo: USRowing/Ed Moran)
Meghan O'Leary is much more than just an outstanding rowing talent. In fact, Meghan was a two-sport varsity athlete at Virginia—and neither sport was rowing. Growing up in the South, O'Leary wasn't exposed to rowing until she arrived at UVA, where one of her college roommates introduced her to the weird hours and extensive training schedule associated with our sport. Still, it wasn't until after college that she got bit by the rowing bug—having bantered back and forth with Virginia's Kevin Sauer, who suspected that she might have a talent for rowing, O'Leary decided to Google places to row near Hartford, where she was working full time for ESPN. And the rest, as they say, is history. Here's Meghan's take on how it all went down.

Thanks very much to Meghan for doing the interview! You can stay up to date on Meghan's progress via her website, listed in our 'News and Blogs' section.


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