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Shyril O'Steen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameShyril•O'Steen
Used nameShyril•O'Steen
Born5 October 1960 in Seattle, Washington (USA)
Measurements176 cm / 67 kg
AffiliationsLake Washington RC, Seattle (USA)
NOC United States


Shyril O’Steen rowed at the University of Washington. Prior to the 1984 Olympics she rowed for the US at the 1981-83 World Championships, winning three medals, two silvers in the eights in 1982-83 and a 1982 bronze in the coxed fours. After graduating from Washington, O’Steen returned to graduate school. She had always loved animals and science as a child, and used that to obtain a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Chicago. O’Steen became a biology professor, first at Bates College in Maine and then at Seattle University where she taught evolution, animal behavior, and biology.

O’Steen then had a physical setback when she was diagnosed with lymphoma but she fought through the disease and overcame it. In 2014 she joined the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center as a lymphoma researcher.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1984 Summer Olympics Rowing USA Shyril O'Steen
Eights, Women (Olympic) United States 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1984 Summer Olympics 4 August 1984 Rowing Eights, Women (1,000 m) Final Standings 2:59.80 1