Lawrence Klecatsky

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameLawrence Joseph•Klecatsky
Used nameLawrence•Klecatsky
Born11 August 1941 in South St. Paul, Minnesota (USA)
Died13 December 2018 in Sarasota, Florida (USA)
Measurements180 cm / 68 kg
AffiliationsNYAC, New York (USA)
NOC United States


Larry Klecatsky graduated from St. Thomas College in 1963 and earned a medical degree from the University of Minnesota in 1967, but continued to row while doing his medical training. He was light for a rower in his era, but was on US heavyweight teams at the 1974-75 World Championships, the 1975 Pan American Games, and the 1976 Olympics, winning a Pan Am silver medal in double sculls in 1975. Klecatsky later competed at the World Championships six times as a lightweight, winning a World silver medal in lightweight double sculls in 1980. Klecatsky continued to compete as a master and held the course record for the Elite Lightweight Singles at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston for 12 years, and the record for the Grand Masters Singles from 1992-2014.

Klecatsky settled near New York and became director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the New Rochelle Hospital Medical Center, and was also an Associate Professor of Medicine at the New York Medical College. He is a member of the National Rowing Association Hall of Fame and the New York Athletic Club Hall of Fame.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1976 Summer Olympics Rowing USA Lawrence Klecatsky
Double Sculls, Men (Olympic) Bill Belden 8

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