Meghan O’Leary is a 2016 Olympian and four-time National Team member with the United States Rowing Team. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she was a two-sport student athlete (Volleyball, Softball) and Jefferson Scholar at the University of Virginia. After obtaining both her Bachelor’s (CLAS ’07) and Master’s (M.Ed ’08) from UVA, she joined ESPN as a Production Assistant, working primarily on college sports and the ESPNU network. After a year, she transitioned into the Programming and Acquisitions Department, continuing her work in the college sports division.
In 2010, Meghan’s career took a dramatic turn after picking up rowing for the first time and falling in love with the sport. After just one year of rowing, she was invited to join the USRowing National Training Center in Princeton, New Jersey. During her time with the National Team, Meghan continued to work part-time with ESPN through the spring of 2013, until deciding to pursue her Olympic rowing career full-time.
Meghan is a three-time World Cup medalist, four-time National Selection Regatta Champion, and has competed in four world championships. She most recently represented Team USA at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, placing sixth with her partner, Ellen Tomek.
Outside of rowing, Meghan is a professional speaker and writer. She is the Vice President of Customer Success with InstaViser, serves on the USRowing Board of Directors, and is an Athlete Ambassador for Excelle Sports.

4 thoughts on “Bio

  1. Rachel

    It was an absolute pleasure meeting you at the Title IX event! It’s not a great feeling when you lose everyone’s contact info. in your cell phone to the cab on the ride home. However, it is awesome to realize fame on the Internet so that you can connect again! I Love your story and I am so following it until you make the Olympics in 4 years. I think I was just inspired to go forward with some of my dreams. Thank you- and Good Luck!

  2. Dale

    I remember meeting you for the first time in spring of 2006 when you took Lauren on her tour at UVA. I remember thinking “this girl is going to do something awesome someday”. Guess I wasn’t wrong. I look forward to watching you achieve all your dreams and cheering for you when you make the Olympics!

  3. I am now an instant fan of yours!! i just bought that original white with red stripe Hudson single that you adored rowing from the family in Houston that you sold it to. While i am no elite athlete, I am certainly an avid one. I love the boat and have had it on the water every week since I purchased it a month ago. I look forward to following your story and dreams for the Olympics. Good Luck.


    1. Meghan O'Leary

      Thank you so much for the note! I love that my first single has found another great home 🙂 Glad to hear you’re enjoying the boat; I hope you continue to!

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