Michael Wherley
Medal record
Men's rowing
Representing  United States
World Rowing Championships
Gold medal – first place 1997 Aiguebelette M8+
Gold medal – first place 1998 Cologne M8+
Gold medal – first place 1999 St. Catharines M8+
Silver medal – second place 2003 Milan M8+
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Seville M8+

Michael J. Wherley (born March 15, 1972 in Waconia, Minnesota) is a 3-time World Champion and 2-time Olympian in the sport of rowing. He started rowing at the University of Minnesota in 1990, before rowing at Penn AC Rowing Association and then the U.S. National Team from 1997 to 2004. Wherley was part of the U.S. Men's 8+ that won three straight World Championships in 1997–1999. He placed 5th in the Men's 4- at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, which was won by Sir Steven Redgrave and the crew from Great Britain. Wherley won two more medals in the U.S. Men's 8+, before ending his National Team career at the Athens Olympics in 2004 with a 10th-place finish in the Men's 4-. In 2008, Wherley competed in The Boat Race for the University of Oxford; Oxford was victorious over Cambridge and Wherley was the oldest rower in the history of the event at the time. Wherley was inducted into the National Rowing Hall of Fame in 2014. He remains committed to the sport of rowing, and is currently President of Penn AC Rowing Association. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Janet Distel, and their daughter.

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