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Sarah Zelenka

Sarah Zelenka

Women's Pair

Birthplace: Park Ridge, Ill. 
Hometown: Itasca, Ill. 
Current Residence: Princeton, N.J. 
Club Affiliation: USRowing Training Center – Princeton 
Began Rowing: Grand Valley State University, 2005 
Date of Birth: 6/8/87 
Height: 6’0” 
Weight: 172 
High School: Lake Park High School 
Undergraduate Education: Grand Valley State University, B.S. in Health Professions, 2009 
Occupation: Receptionist 
Employer: YMCA 
Training Location: Princeton, N.J. 
Current Coach: Tom Terhaar, Laurel Korholz, Annie Kakela
Years on National Team: Three – 2009, Under 23; 2011-12, Senior

International Results: Won gold in the four at the 2011 World Rowing Championships...Won gold in the eight and the four at the 2010 Rowing World Cup in Lucerne…Finished sixth in the four at the 2009 World Rowing Under 23 Championships. 

National Results: Won the pair at the 2012 Olympic Trials - Rowing...Won the four at the 2011 Senior World Championship Trials...Finished second in the double sculls at the 2011 USRowing Elite National Championships...Finished tenth in the double sculls at the 2011 National Selection Regatta #2…Finished fifth in the pair at the 2010 National Selection Regatta #3…Finished fourth in the pair at the 2010 National Selection Regatta #2…Finished fourth in the pair at the 2010 National Selection Regatta #1. 

Personal: Sarah’s hobbies include badminton, swimming and pinteresting…She was named MVP of Grand Valley State University’s rowing team in 2008 and 2009…Sarah’s most memorable rowing achievements were winning the eight and four at the Lucerne Rowing World Cup and winning the DI championship eight at Dad Vails her senior year of college…The most influential person in her sporting career was her high school varsity basketball coach, who taught Sarah the importance of mental toughness…Sarah’s personal hero is her mother…Sarah hopes to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games, after which she intends to go back to school to get her masters degree in occupational therapy.