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Famous Female Rowers

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List of famous female rowers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female rowers list contains the most prominent and top females known for being rowers. There are thousand of females working as rowers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic rowers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a rower then the people below should give you inspiration.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different people, including Carline Bouw and Helen Tompkins.

While this isn't a list of all female rowers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female rowers?" and "Who are the best female rowers?"
  • Lesley Allison Thompson-Willie (born September 20, 1959) is a Canadian rowing coxswain and Olympic champion. Between 1984 and 2016, she has competed at eight Olympic Games, a record for a rower, winning medals in five of them including gold in coxed eight at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona....  more
    • Age: 61
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
  • Erin Jane Cafaro (born June 9, 1983, in Modesto, California) is an American rower. She competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics, where she won a gold medal in the women's eight. At the 2012 London Olympics she won her second consecutive gold medal in the women's eight....  more
    • Age: 38
    • Birthplace: Modesto, California
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    Janine Hanson

    Janine Stephens (née Hanson; December 14, 1982) is a former Canadian rower from Winnipeg on the Canadian National team. Stephens won the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as part of the women's eights rowing team. She also has two World Championship silver medals to her credit, also in the women's eights....  more
    • Age: 38
    • Birthplace: La Mesa, California
  • Eleanor Logan (born December 27, 1987) is an American rower. She is the first American rower to win a gold medal in three consecutive Olympics, a three-time Olympic champion and three-time world champion. Logan was born in Portland, Maine. Logan's home town is Boothbay Harbor and she attended the Brooks School in 2003 in North Andover, Massachusetts for high school. She is affiliated with the Lake Samish Training Center.As an undergrad at Stanford University, Logan earned her first Olympic medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. At Stanford the next year she raced in the 2009 varsity eight that won the Pac-10 Championships and Stanford's first NCAA Championship. That summer, she...  more
    • Age: 33
    • Birthplace: Portland, Maine