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row2k Starting Five: Tessa Gobbo
Tessa Gobbo of the USA W8+
row2k Starting Five: Tessa Gobbo
Thursday, July 21, 2016
"When I was in high school in the evenings I used to get extra erg workouts done in the basement of the gym and the custodian Sheldon would come clean the basement of the gym around me. "  ...more

row2k Starting Five: Anders Weiss
Weiss in the bow seat at the Olympic Pairs trials
row2k Starting Five: Anders Weiss
Thursday, July 21, 2016
"Rowing is cyclical, it's just the nature of the sport. Do not let the lows drag you too low and don't fly too high when things are going well. In other words, keep a steady head no matter how frustrating or good things are going. "  ...more

row2k Starting Five: Kate Bertko
Bertko strokes the USA LW2x at the Olympic Trials
row2k Starting Five: Kate Bertko
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
"Bravery is not the same thing as fearlessness. I think it is likely the opposite. In my view, it is knowing exactly how challenging or painful the future will be and taking that first step. It is actively facing your fears."  ...more

row2k Starting Five: Devery Karz
Karz training prior to the 2015 Worlds
row2k Starting Five: Devery Karz
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
"Rowing was definitely not a love at first stroke sport for me. It was a sport that constantly challenged me every single day, but at the same time even at my lowest points it never crossed my mind to stop."  ...more

row2k Starting Five: Tracy Eisser
Tracy Eisser racing in the USA W4x at the 2015 Worlds
row2k Starting Five: Tracy Eisser
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
"On the first day of practice in college we had to run down to the boathouse from campus (which is about 3 miles) I just remember thinking 'I hope we don't have to do this every day'."  ...more

Meghan Musnicki - Four Years Later
Musnicki training at Chula Vista OTC, March 2016
Meghan Musnicki - Four Years Later
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
"My advice for first time Olympians is the same advice I am giving myself; enjoy the moment. Appreciate where you are and what you are doing. It's pretty exceptional."  ...more

Megan Kalmoe - Four (Make that Eight) Years Later
Megan Kalmoe of the 2016 USA W4x
Megan Kalmoe - Four (Make that Eight) Years Later
Monday, July 18, 2016
"Being an Olympic competitor changes you. I don't think it's the same for everyone, but attending one or more Games definitely offers you the opportunity to grow as an athlete and as a global citizen, and gives you some perspective on the role of the Games in human culture."  ...more

row2k Starting Five: Katelin Snyder
Coxswain Katelin Snyder of the 2016 USA W8+
row2k Starting Five: Katelin Snyder
Monday, July 18, 2016
"My dad and I were sifting through the sports my high school offered and when I pointed to rowing he said "no way, you can't row, it would be way too hard for you and you'd quit"--so I IMMEDIATELY decided to go out for the team."  ...more

row2k Starting Five: Lauren Schmetterling
Lauren Schmetterling of the 2016 USA Olympic W8+
row2k Starting Five: Lauren Schmetterling
Thursday, July 14, 2016
"In high school I ended up rowing for Moorestown Rowing Club for four years. We erged out of a teammate's garage in the winter, and the boats were kept outside all year, inside a barbed wire fence."  ...more

row2k Starting Five: Mike DiSanto
Mike DiSanto practices at the USA OTC Chula Vista, March 2016
row2k Starting Five: Mike DiSanto
Thursday, July 14, 2016
"One of the first practices my first spring was a 2k. I remember everyone being incredibly nervous, but as a total rookie, I had no idea what all the fuss was about. Ignorance is bliss!"  ...more
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