Picked to row for the United States at the Rio Olympics
Eleven crews will be going to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to compete for the United States rowing team. These crews were announced last week.
At the 2015 World Rowing Championships the United States qualified for the Rio Olympics in all of the women's boat classes and in four of the men's boat classes to give them a total of ten crews. They qualified an eleventh - the men's eight - at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta last month. This gives the United States one of the biggest entries for rowing at the Olympics - a total of 41 athletes.
If the men's eight had not qualified for Rio, it would have been the first time in 104 years that the US had not sent a men's eight to the Olympic Games. This put added pressure on the eight rowers and coxswain with stroke seat Austin Hack describing the intensity of the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in the courant.com: "At that race, you're sitting there, and you know in the next ten minutes, it's going to be decided whether you realise a life dream of yours or not. That's what it was like at the starting line — I'm either going to the Olympics or I'm not."
The team includes many first-time Olympians and also one athlete that has never been on the senior national team before. It also has seven athletes that won medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games. These include Eleanor Logan and Meghan Musnicki who won gold in the women's eight. They both return to the eight for Rio. Megan Kalmoe and Adrienne Martelli are back in the women's quadruple sculls, the boat that earned them bronze in London. The men's four took bronze in London and Charlie Cole, Henrik Rummel and Glenn Ochal are back on the team for Rio. Cole and Rummel remain in the four while Ochal will race in the men's eight.
USRowing Chief Executive Officer Glenn Merry said in the US Rowing media release, "The U.S. system has become more mature. This is a team where most of the athletes have been training together for the past four to six years. And what I’m really excited about is, across the board, these athletes are within reach of several medal opportunities."
The top boat going to Rio is the women's eight. The eight has not lost a major race since 2006 and if they win in Rio they will make it three-in-a-row for Olympic gold.
US Rowing Team for Rio
Women’s Single Sculls
Women’s Double Sculls
Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls
Andrew Campbell, Jr.
Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls
Lightweight Men’s Four
Women’s Quadruple Sculls
Sam Ojserkis (coxswain)
Katelin Snyder (coxswain)