Meghan Musnicki, who grew up in Naples and Bristol and graduated from Canandaigua Academy, is one of this year’s top U.S. athletes

NAPLES — Olympic gold medalist Meghan Musnicki is one of the Top 15 Team USA Women of 2015. Musnicki received the honor as a member of the women’s eight-person crew that won its 10th consecutive world or Olympic title in September in France.

The U.S. is the first country to achieve the feat, said TeamUSA in announcing the honors.

“I am so lucky and honored to be part of such an amazing group of women, both now and those who came before us,” said Musnicki, a five-time world rowing champion. In 2012 she won a gold medal with the U.S. women’s eight at the summer Olympic Games in London. She is training for the 2016 Olympics, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro.

A 2001 Canandaigua Academy graduate, Musnicki grew up in South Bristol and Naples. Her mother, Gail Musnicki, lives in Naples. After Musnicki won the gold, Naples threw a big parade honoring its hometown hero. Now a resident of Princeton, N.J., she gets home when she can and often takes time to talk with school and community groups.

In an email, Musnicki said that after training apart from her team over the holiday break, she met up with the team on Sunday, Jan. 3, in San Diego at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista for its first practice of 2016.

“We will spend three months living and training at the center before heading back to Princeton at the end of March, beginning of April," she said. "Our major selection event (the "NSR" or National Selection Regatta) will be held out there this year, the same thing happened during selection for London. Training will be pretty standard, we will just be in sunny California instead of New Jersey."

The competition will be difficult, as always.

“The team is strong and deep, as usual, and selection to make Rio is going to be challenging,” she said.