Three-time Olympic medalist Caryn Davies boasts an extensive list of both academic and athletic accomplishments. Her most recent accomplishment comes in the form of a gold medal from the 2012 London Olympic Games. Next on the 30-year-old's agenda is graduating from Columbia Law School.
Davies made the U.S. National rowing team in 1999, at the age of 17. Davies was a member of the first women's crew to win a gold medal in the Junior World Championships in 2000, and won gold in the single scull event at the Stotesbury Regatta in 1999 and 2000.This success propelled her into a college rowing career, where she rowed for the Radcliffe College Crew Team at Harvard University.
During her career with the Crimson, Davies won gold in the NCAA Championships in 2003 and 2004. She took a year off from studying at Harvard University and rowing for the Radcliffe College Crew to row in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
In Athens, the women's eight won silver and began to build toward its six-year undefeated streak. Aside from coxswain Mary Whipple, Davies is the only U.S. rower to compete in the women's eight event in 2004, 2008 and in 2012.
After the second-place Olympic finish, Davies returned to Harvard University. She graduated with a degree in Psychology in 2005.
With more than 12 gold medals in international events and multiple world records, Davies is a natural leader on the women's national team. She stroked the women's eight to gold medals in 2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London.
Davies, quoted as saying that rowing makes her feel "ignited," may have seen her last days on the Olympic waters, however she is not done working hard to achieve success. Davies currently has one more year to complete in order to receive a J.D. from Columbia University.