Event: Rowing, women’s 8; Position: Coxswain
Local affiliation: Sacramento
Born May 10, 1980, in Sacramento. Whipple’s Olympic credentials are well established, built on the gold medal she and her women’s 8 teammates won in the 2008 Olympics and the silver they took in 2004. At 5-foot-3 and 108 pounds, Whipple has been a solid presence as one of the great coxswains in the sport. She has held what she calls the “9th seat” for the American team for 10 years and has been a coxswain in the sport for 17 years. In addition to Olympic success, Whipple has been aboard for world championships in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011. Since Beijing. Whipple has been coaching and also started a Website called 9th Seat, where she interacts with fans through her blogs, coxing tips, question and answer sessions, and coaching lessons. After graduating from Sacramento Adventist Academy, Whipple attended Washington, while her twin Sister, Sarah, went to UC Davis, where she was coxswain for the crew that won a Division II championship. Mary started her rowing career with Capital Crew. She enjoys snowboarding, backpacking, hiking and cross-country skiing and was a regular at Sacramento Kings games when she lived in town.
Records/honors: Gold medalist 2008 Olympics in Women’s 8; Silver medalist in 2004 Olympics, also in Women’s 8.