Ryan Library currently has items on loan from Kelly Rickon Mitchell, a PLNU university advancement development officer and member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic rowing team.
Mitchell was a member of two Olympic teams winning a silver medal in 1984 as a coxswain for rowing.
At the age of 14, Mitchell started rowing with ZLAC Rowing Club in San Diego. She competed as both a rower and a coxswain and was the first woman to win a national medal in both capacities. Mitchell made her first national team in 1979 as the coxswain for the women’s quadruple sculls and continued in 1980 as part of the U.S. team, who boycotted the Games in Moscow.
In 1983, she again made the national team and competed at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. She was selected as the co-captain of the rowing team by her peers.
The 1984 silver medal in quadruple skulls still represents the best the U.S. has ever done in the women’s quadruple sculls.
Mitchell’s medal, an Olympic Torch, and other memorabilia are currently on display.