By Beth Kohl • August 13, 2016
RIO de JANEIRO, Brazil – The 2016 Olympic Games for the USRowing team are coming to a close on Saturday. The men’s and women’s eights and single sculler Gevvie Stone will row for medals, and then the U.S. athletes will put their racing gear away. Some will go home and some will stay to enjoy the remainder of the Games and the Closing Ceremony.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the eights go down,” said Nareg Guregian, whose fiancée, Katelin Snyder, is coxing the women’s eight. “After that, we’re playing it by ear. We’ll watch some events and spend some time with family. We’ve been training pretty hard for the last several years and really haven’t had much down time.
“It’s a weird feeling to have down time and not have any plans. It’s really odd. But, we’ll try to enjoy it and decompress as much as possible.”
More Rowing to Come!
Olympic rowing may be coming to the close, but that doesn’t mean the United States is done with the summer season. There is much more to come.
First up will be the USRowing Masters National Championships, Aug. 18-21 on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. Keeping with the trend of setting attendance records at the national championships this summer, the 2016 event is the largest masters championships in organization history.
More than 2,100 athletes will compete during the four-day event, which begins on Thursday and runs through the day on Sunday. Rowers from across the country will be there including several iconic Olympic rowers, among them former athlete and coach Ted Nash and 1988 silver medalist Dave Krmpotich from Philadelphia’s Penn A.C., two-time Olympian Tom Darling and 1968 Olympian Charles Hamlin.
Every Olympic year, the senior national team boat classes not contested in the Olympic Games head to the World Rowing Championships, typically combined with junior events. This summer, for the first time, those senior and junior events have been combined with the World Rowing Under 23 World Championships. All three events will be run in Rotterdam, The Netherlands from Aug. 21-28.
2016 Paralympic Games
Topping off the summer program will be the 2016 Paraylmpic Games in Rio de Janerio, Sept. 9 – 12. The U.S. will have three crews in competition including arms and shoulders single sculler Blake Haxton (Columbus, Ohio.).
Haxton said he is putting the finishing touches on his training and looking forward to getting down to Brazil. “I’m happy with the training I’ve done this summer and I can’t believe Rio is just weeks away. It’s been especially fun to watch racing at the Lagoa, knowing we’re up next. Go USA!”
That’s all from Bom Dia! For now…