From a Rowing Community in New Jersey to the Rio Olympics

When Sam Osjerkis entered high school in his hometown of Linwood, N.J., his parents suggested he check out the crew team at Mainland High School. The intention, Osjerkis said, was to get him off the couch and involved in rowing, a sport that had deep roots in the Jersey Shore community. Osjerkis was immediately drawn to the sport. He liked being with his friends and he liked being outdoors.

His journey brought him to the University of Washington and eventually the U.S. national team, where he helped lead the Olympic men’s eight to a win at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland. Next month, Osjerkis will race on the biggest stage of his career at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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