Lianne Nelson

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameLianne McLellan•Nelson (Bennion-)
Used nameLianne•Nelson
Born15 June 1972 in Houston, Texas (USA)
Measurements177 cm / 68 kg
AffiliationsBusch School Rowing Club / Princeton Training Centre
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


A rower, Lianne Nelson was in the USA eight at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, winning a silver medal in 2000. At the World Championships, Nelson won a gold medal in the four in 1995 and a silver in the eight in 1998. She was on the US National Team for six years and her other victories included winning the eight at the 1998 Henley Royal Regatta. She also competed at the 1999 World Championships, placing seventh in the pair. In 1998 Nelson was named USA Rowing’s Female Athlete of the Year.

Nelson rowed in college at Princeton University, leading the varsity eight to NCAA titles in 1993-95 and three straight Ivy League Championships. Her varsity eight boat lost only one race during her time in college. Nelson graduated with a degree in religion.

After college and her rowing career ended, Nelson entered the financial world, working for Nicholas Applegate Capital Management in San Diego in the large- and mid-cap portfolio team.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
2000 Summer Olympics Rowing USA Lianne Nelson
Eights, Women (Olympic) United States 6
2004 Summer Olympics Rowing USA Lianne Nelson
Eights, Women (Olympic) United States 2 Silver