Catherine Menges

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameCatherine Ann•Menges (-Zagunis)
Used nameCatherine•Menges
Born9 September 1952 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA)
Measurements175 cm / 67 kg
AffiliationsVesper Boat Club, Philadelphia (USA)
NOC United States


Prior to the 1976 Olympics Catherine Menges competed at the 1974 and 1975 World Championships, rowing in an eight in 1974 and the coxed four in 1975. She attended Connecticut College, graduating in 1974, where she competed in both rowing and swimming. Menges was later inducted into the Connecticut College Hall of Fame. She rowed for Vesper Boat Club in 1976, while she was attending nursing school at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with a BSN degree in 1977. Menges married Robert Zagunis, who rowed men’s coxed fours at the 1976 Olympics. Their daughter, Mariel Zagunis, became a fencer, competing at the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympics, winning two golds and one silver medal.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1976 Summer Olympics Rowing USA Catherine Menges
Coxed Fours, Women (Olympic) United States 6

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