Jan Palchikoff

Jan Palchikoff (born March 3, 1951) is a multi-sport athlete born in Culver City, California.


She is a world-record holding cyclist in the master's division where she currently competes, and an Olympian who competed in the 1976 Summer Olympics in rowing—finishing fifth in double skulls. She qualified for the 1980 U.S. Olympic team but was unable to compete due to the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott. Palchikoff did however receive one of 461 Congressional Gold Medals created especially for the spurned athletes.[1] She rowed for UCLA.


Palchikoff earned her master's degree in Sports Management from the University of Massachusetts and has served as an [2] executive in a number of sports and athletics related organizations, including head coach of Syracuse University Women's Crew (1980-1982),[3] the Special Olympic World Games (2015), FIFA World Cup (1994) and World Rowing Championships.


Palchikoff was named to the Pac-12 Conference's [4] All-Century team in Women's Rowing. She was elected into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ "Jan Palchikoff Bio, Stats, and Results | Olympics at Sports-Reference.com". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 2020-04-18. Retrieved 2017-09-08. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Women's Rowing History". Syracuse University Athletics. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
  4. ^ "UCLABruins.com | UCLA Athletics". uclabruins.com. Retrieved 2017-09-08. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)