Central Catholic alum starts bid in rowing for Team USA in Tokyo Olympics

“I’m really proud of Pittsburgh and I can’t say that enough. I am so happy to represent Pittsburgh,” said Michael Grady, a graduate of Central Catholic who is now a U.S. Olympian.

Grady is competing in the four-man boat rowing competition for Team USA.

Channel 11′s Jenna Harner spoke with Grady before he traveled to Tokyo.

“What went through your mind when you officially found out that you made the team?” asked Harner.

“So, there is actually no cathartic moment. It happened -- it was just like, relief, but there is going to be more asked of me,” said Grady.

Grady told Harner his father turned him on to the sport.

He joined Central Catholic’s rowing team as a freshman, along with fellow Team USA rower Alex Miklasevich, who will also compete in Tokyo.

“It’s nice knowing I have a little piece of home and a guy that came from the same exact program, taking the same exact amount of strokes as me. We were always pretty much in the same boat at Central Catholic, so it has been a great thing just to see the both of us somehow make it here,” said Grady.

Grady told Channel 11, he and Miklasevich spoke of competing in the Olympic Games while competing overseas.

“When we made our first junior team, we were both in the four with a coxswain. We were in the same boat and we went to MCI in Lithuania, and it was just an amazing experience. At the end, it’s like OK - that was cool. We should keep doing this,” said Grady.

And that is what they did.

The pair competed internationally a few more times and won medals.

But this is the opportunity, Michael says, for their hard work to pay off.

“It’s a big deal to me. I’ve represented at the junior level, which is high school. Then, at the college level. But, this is a whole new ballgame. The Olympics is for rowing, that is top tier, and I am proud to represent the United States,” said Grady.