Abby Peck never discovered the sport that would make her famous until she was a student at Skidmore College and never took it seriously until after her graduation.
Peck was introduced to rowing while in studying in upstate New York, then began to train diligently in the sport while living in the Boston area after college.
Before long, she was one of the best women’s rowers in the world.
The Abington Heights graduate from Waverly went on to represent the United States in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games along with several other international competitions.
Peck finished fourth in the coxed fours at the Los Angeles Games in 1984, then eighth in the eights in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea.
Peck’s career also included two silver medals in the 1986 Goodwill Games and one in the 1987 World Rowing Championships.
Following her competitive career, Peck put a Master’s degree in exercise physiology to use working with cancer survivors.