Women’s rowing welcomes US Olympic champion Charlotte Buck ’18CC

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NEW YORK – US Olympic Champion Charlotte Buck ’18CC has returned home and joined Columbia Women’s Rowing Staff as Assistant Rowing Coach after spending a summer in Tokyo, Japan rowing on the USA Women’s Eight boat that competed in the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Head coach Emerson Curry announced this on Friday October 1st, and Buck is joining the team ahead of the fall 2021 season to prepare the roster for the spring 2022 season.

“It was great to have Charlotte back on the team,” said Curry. “Her Olympic racing and junior coaching experience gets her going. The team will only benefit from Buck’s experience on the biggest stages.”

Buck (R) at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics

Buck, who was a First Team All-Ivy League selection in 2018; Two-time First Team All-Region selection by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (2017 and 2018) and was selected into the Pocock Second Team All-America roster, brings her Olympic and Ivy League experience with her as she was the first Colombian woman rower who ever rowed at the Olympics.

Before rowing in the Olympics, Buck rowed the Rowers Choice Global Challenge, was a five-time summer national champion, and was in the boat that won New Zealand’s national champion in the women’s four in 2020. Shortly after graduating from Columbia, she took part in the 2018 University World Championships in China and won the bronze medal. While she was still wearing the Columbia blue, she was invited to the 2017 national women’s U23 selection camp.

Her time at Columbia was highlighted by a bronze medal in the Varsity Eight at the Eastern Sprints. After starting out as a walk-on, Buck worked her way up to this V8 boat that took her third place in the Eastern Sprints.

Buck has rowed for Vesper (club), the New York Athletic Club, West End Rowing Club and Rockland Rowing (club), where she also served on the coaching staff.

She graduated from Columbia College with a degree in biology in 2018.

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