"The List" -- 20 Hottest Male Rowing Athletes of 2011
Okay, it might be hyperbole to describe it as the most anticipated event in rowing outside of this year's world championships in Slovenia.
But U.S. rower Megan Kalmoe's annual list of the “20 Hottest Male Rowers” has developed quite a following since it started after the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Some simply call it “the list.”
It's gotten to the point where some of the men have started lobbying for their place on it.
Actually, it's all done in good fun and a friendly spirit. You can tell by the kibitzing on Twitter between Kalmoe and her rowing friends – a good number of them Canadian – that she is quite a character.
We checked in with Kalmoe this week to learn a bit more about “the list.”
So is this the male rowing equivalent of the Emmy Awards?
Megan: “It’s very funny to me and I’m happy it’s gotten to that. But I don’t think it’s quite that big. But people seem to enjoy it. It’s a fun thing people look forward to after worlds every year.”
Are guys actually lobbying now to get on the list?
Megan: “The first two years I wrote it, no one knew about it so I didn’t get a lot of that. Over this last season leading up to this list, I actually did have a lot of guys coming up and introducing themselves. And, of course, my friends I do know started asking when the list was coming out, who was going to be on it, how to get on. I got to meet a lot of different people for that reason.”
How does one lobby to get on it?
Megan: “I’ve had a couple of different approaches. On one of the shuttles going back to the hotel after training at the worlds, I was on the bus with a bunch of athletes from the British men’s eight that I hadn’t met before. They started talking about the list very loudly in a way that I could definitely hear them. It was just smiles all around and a lot of banter. I’m friends with all those guys on Facebook now. It’s fun.”
The video is very tastefully done. No shirtless shots.
Megan: “My goal is not to make anyone uncomfortable being on the list. That would be the last thing I would want. It’s something fun and light.”
Having two Canucks on the list, is that a good percentage?
Megan: “I would say having more than one person on the list from the same country is pretty good. It’s no secret. Everybody who knows me knows I love the Canadian men’s team. They’re just very down to earth and very sweet and they work really hard. I could probably just make a whole list of the Canadian men if I wanted to. I never want to load the list with all just one team. I love the Australians. I love the Americans. I love a lot of different teams. Two is actually, I would say, pretty good.”
Besides, we know where these guys really want to look good in this next year is on the water.
Editor’s note: In the interest of fairness, it should be noted Conlin McCabe does have a bit of an unfair advantage. He followed Kalmoe at the University of Washington and she has a definite soft spot for the towering young man. “He’s very sweet,” she said.
Here are some photos of McCabe and Crisan taken by rower Kevin Light. That's McCabe with the beard: