As the Olympic Games in Beijing approach, several UW athletes are attempting to qualify and continue the tradition the Badger program has in the Olympics. Watch for updates on our current athletes, as well as a weekly look back at past Badger Olympian. Check back frequently as we review our illustrious Olympic history and the Badgers who have made it.
Today's look back features Carie Graves from womens rowing a letter winner at Wisconsin from 1974-1976, she participated in the 1976 (bronze), 1980 (boycott), and 1984 (gold) Olympics.
The badger womens rowing team seems to breed Olympic athletes. In its history, the Wisconsin program has had 14 Olympians with 22 Olympic appearances. These 14 athletes have captured seven medals, including two gold, two silver and three bronze.
Wisconsins Olympic tradition dates back to 1976, the first Olympics with womens rowing, when three UW oarswomen brought home a bronze medal in the eights at the Montreal Olympics.
Carie Graves 11 years as an international competitor led her to becoming a three-time Olympian. Before her international success, she joined the UW team as a sophomore in 1973, after watching her brother try out for the Wisconsin mens team.
Graves was a member of six U.S. national teams and won the bronze medal in the eight event during the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Canada. Due to the U.S. boycott, she qualified but didnt compete in the 1980 Games, but returned in 1984 to take home the gold medal in the eights in Los Angeles.
Graves is now in her ninth year as womens rowing head coach for the University of Texas. During her time, she has led the crew to two consecutive NCAA championship appearances in 2003 and 2004. Graves has previously been the head coach of both Northeastern University in Boston and at Harvard, where she has built distinguished rowing programs.
A member of the schools first national championship crew team in 1975, Graves was an inaugural member of the UW Athletics Hall of Fame having been inducted in 1991. She is also a member of the USRowing Association Hall of Fame.