Virginia Gilder

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Ginny Gilder
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Personal information
Birth nameVirginia Anne Gilder
Born (1958-06-04) June 4, 1958 (age 63)
New York, New York
Alma materYale University (1979)
Occupationentrepreneur, investor
Other interestsco-owner of Seattle Storm
Medal record

Virginia Anne Gilder (born June 4, 1958), also known as Ginny Gilder, is an American former competitive rower and Olympic silver medalist. An investor, Gilder is a co-owner of the Seattle Storm, a professional women's basketball team in the WNBA.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Gilder is the daughter of Richard Gilder and was raised on the Upper East Side of Manhattan,[1][3] where she attended the Chapin School. For high school, she attended Dana Hall School,[4] graduating one year early[1] in 1976. Gilder went on to study history at Yale University,[1] graduating in 1979.[3]

Rowing career[edit]

Gilder was first selected for the U.S. Olympic team in 1980, the year that the United States boycotted the Olympic Games in Moscow, Russia.[1] She was one of 461 athletes to receive a Congressional Gold Medal many years later[5] She was a member of the American women's quadruple sculls team that won the silver medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.[6]


She is the author of Course Correction: A Story of Rowing and Resilience in the Wake of Title IX[7] which was released April 14, 2015 by Beacon Press. The paperback and audiobook were released April 12, 2016.


  1. ^ a b c d e Brewer, Jerry (September 25, 2012). "Storm co-owner Gilder's resolve takes your breath away". Seattle Times.
  2. ^ "Force 10 Hoops LLC". Seattle Storm / WNBA. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Borzilleri, Meri-Jo (March–April 2011). "Taking Seattle by Storm". Yale Alumni Magazine. Virginia Gilder '79
  4. ^ "Virginia "Ginny" Gilder 1976". February 9, 2021. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  5. ^ Caroccioli, Tom; Caroccioli, Jerry. Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Highland Park, IL: New Chapter Press. pp. 243–253. ISBN 978-0942257403.
  6. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Ginny Gilder". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 18, 2020.
  7. ^ Gilder, Ginny (April 14, 2015). Course Correction: A Story of Rowing and Resilience in the Wake of Title IX. Beacon Press. ISBN 9780807074770.

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