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The National Rowing Foundation Announces the 2016 Inductees to the National Rowing Hall of Fame

2016-01-26 22:07:59 By: National Rowing Foundation
NORTH STONINGTON, Conn., January 25, 2016 -- The National Rowing Foundation announced today the selection of two devoted patrons of the rowing and 6 boats comprising twenty six athletes for induction to the prestigious National Rowing Hall of Fame. The crews of the boats being honored include exceptional men and women – heavyweight and lightweight - who under took the daunting competitive challenges of international competition to achieve multiple medal winning performances in the Olympic Games and World Rowing Championships. “In choosing these honorees, the selection c

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Training Over the Holidays

2015-11-24 20:36:59 By: Will Daly
  Whether you are a high school, college or elite athlete training over the holidays can always be a little difficult. Most coaches will assign some training for long breaks. Some coaches chose a lot of volume in the hope that athletes don't lose fitness. Other coaches may be more relaxed wanting athletes to enjoy their time off. The same goes for athletes; some err on the side of doing too much in fear of losing fitness while others just want to enjoy the free time. There is no perfect way to train over the holidays, but the two key goals you need to have in mind are making sure you l

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Travel – Doing it Right

2015-11-23 20:29:40 By: Will Daly
  As a National Team athlete, I have to travel all the time, and with the holidays coming up I am sure many of you do too. Whether you are simply driving a few hours to a race or are flying halfway around the world, traveling right can make a huge difference. After much trial and error, and the support of nutritionists, sports scientists, and sports psychologist, my teammates and I have learned the tricks to getting to where we are going and being able to perform when we get there. No matter how far you are traveling, travel needs to be considered a training session. Whether you get

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How to Have a Successful Head Race

2015-10-14 19:59:41 By: Will Daly
Head races are a completely different beast from the 2K races of the spring and summer. They require a different skill set, different clothes, and a different mind set. To pull of a successful head race a lot of things have to go right and not all of them are under your control. Here we are going to give a few tips for how to have the best head race season you can. Weather is always a factor in a head race and because the race is much longer weather plays an even bigger factor. The first thing to take into account is whether you are racing up stream or down stream. Most rivers this time of

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World Championships 2015 – Behind the Scenes #3

2015-09-01 13:48:16 By: National Rowing Foundation
By, Will Daly – Stroke of the USA LM4- Not much happened today.  The men’s quad raced and made it through, a few other boats raced for lanes, but otherwise it was pretty quiet as far as racing goes.  It got much cooler and started raining today, apparently this is the weather we will have for the rest of the regatta.  The high 60’s low 70’s are great to race in but I could do without the rain.  If you want to find out more about the racing and how all the US boats are doing click here.

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World Championships 2015 – Behind the Scenes #2

2015-09-01 13:44:07 By: National Rowing Foundation
By, Will Daly, stroke of the USA LM4-   Today was a day of thirds; third in the women’s quad, third in the women’s double, third in the lightweight men’s four, third in the men’s eight.   The good news is all these boats are moving on and will get to keep racing.  The women’s eight did win their heat, for the rest of the days results and how things are progressing click here.   So I didn’t get much behind the scenes today because I had my own racing to take care of.  Our race went fairly well (I am in the men’

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2015 World Rowing Championships - Behind the scenes #1

2015-08-31 18:46:21 By: National Rowing Foundation
By, Will Daly, stroke of the USA LM4- So racing has finally kicked off and the US is doing pretty well so far.  A few boats won their heats, a few boats came in second and all the boats are moving on. If you want to see the results and know how the progression works click here, the rest of this post is going to be about behind the scenes.  What are people talking about in the dining hall and what are people thinking about during this stressful week of racing. If you were wondering what Glenn Ochal, bow seat of the men’s 4-, was thinking ab

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World Cup III – Lucerne, Switzerland

2015-07-29 17:53:51 By: Will Daly
The World Cup series concluded last weekend as it always does in Lucerne Switzerland. This year the US sent one of the smallest contingents ever with only five crews competing. In the men’s double John Graves and Ben Dann placed 10th. In the second US men’s double Ian Silvera and Derek Johnson struggled ending up in the pack of the D final. Ken Jurkowski placed 16th in the men’s single while Gevvie Stone added another World Cup medal to her collection coming in 3rd in the women’s single. The real highlight of the regatta though was the Bronze medal fini

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U23 World Championships – Plovdiv Bulgaria

2015-07-29 17:52:45 By: Will Daly
Plovdiv Bulgaria is an interesting and exciting place to race. It is hot and arid with the sun blazing down like southern California. Plovdiv is a great historic city with the ruins of a Roman amphitheater. If you decide to take a cab to the course rather than a bus your heart will be pounding and sweating like you had just finished your row, traffic signals seem to be more of a recommendation. The course itself is a gorgeous man-made racecourse surrounded by trees. Unlike almost all FISA courses there is a spectator bridge over the course, which make racing there very exciting, and you get a

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The Pan American Games Draw To A Close

2015-07-29 17:51:02 By: Will Daly
The Pan Am Games had their Closing Ceremonies Saturday night after nearly two weeks of competition. The US did extraordinarily well, earning medals in numerous sports and events. The US rowing contingent did very well winning 9 medals in 14 events, two gold, five silver, and two bronze. In the women’s pair Molly Bruggeman and Emily Huelskamp earned gold. Emily said this about her experience, “The Pan Am Games were a lot of fun.  It was a great way to gain more experience racing in the pair and get to interact more closely with my own teammates as well as athletes from other countrie

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Racing Racing and more Racing

2015-05-18 15:51:43 By: Will Daly
This past Sunday concluded what was one of America’s busiest weeks in racing. Starting with NSR II during the week and progressing into high school regattas such as Stotesbury on Friday and Saturday and culminating with Eastern Sprints and Pac-12 on Sunday. The racing didn’t stop there however; as many of the high school and college trailers were being packed up another regatta was just beginning. Sunday evening held time trials, which marked the beginning of PanAm Trials. While most of our posts here at the NRF blog have to do with the US National Team, we will take a minute out of this p

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National Selection Regatta (NSR) 1 Recap

2015-04-30 15:58:46 By: Will Daly
National Selection Regatta 1 this year was a windy and cold affair. While all of the racing did take place, the weather did not want to cooperate. Racing was cancelled one day and almost all of the practice sessions were cancelled due to high winds. But despite all of that some great racing was had and the first step to the World Championships was taken. We were able to talk to many of the winners and get some incite into how the races played out in their minds. We also asked them what was next and while some were surer than others they all said, “Get faster”. W2- Eleanor Logan an

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National Selection Regatta (NSR) I – Selection Begins

2015-04-21 16:52:50 By: National Rowing Foundation
  With the start of racing at NSR I kicking off on April 22nd so begins the first official step to determining the 2015 World Championship Team. There will be nine events at the regatta (W2-, M2-, LW2x, W2x, M2x, LM2-, M1x, W1x, LM1x) and this will be the first step for those athletes on a five-month journey to France. Each boat class has a little different route and what follows is what athletes in each boat class are looking at. M2- & W2- These athletes will be competing not just for first, but every place will be important. Firstly, the winners will have the opp

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Getting to Know the Athletes

2015-04-14 20:01:35 By: National Rowing Foundation
Getting to Know the Athletes Seth Weil Vicky Opitz, stroke of the men’s 4- and bow of the woman’s 8+ at the 2014 World Championships, had a few words to share with us. Talking of their starts in rowing, the rough races they have had and even a bit of advice that has helped them in their success.   Seth Weil  The basics - Where are you from? Where/When did you learn to row? What University did you attend? I was born and raised in Menlo Park, California and I learned to row as a walk on at the Univer

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Getting To Know The Team Series

2015-03-20 16:06:19 By: National Rowing Foundation
Over the past few months while many of you have been suffering through a rather rough winter, the USRowing athletes have been out in Chula Vista at the Olympic Training Center.  Now you may think it is all just fun in the sun -- beaches, surfing, volleyball and the occasional row, this is not the case.  I mean fun is had on the rare afternoon of free time, but with both the men and women doing three sessions a day more often than not, the real focus is preparing for the 2015 World Championships and qualifying for the Rio Olympics. We do get to spend a great deal of time together in the di

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The Story of What the New Year means for a Rower, as told by Will Daly

2015-01-06 18:13:25 By: National Rowing Foundation
To train full time on the senior team for more than one Olympic cycle is a daunting task. There are many things to be taken into consideration when making this decision. As it is already halfway through the quadrennial most of us have already grappled with these thoughts, but with just over 8 months until the Olympic Qualifier and 18 months until the Rio 2016 Olympics it is worth going over them again. The first and most basic question when considering whether to keep training is can your body hold up under the rigors of training at such a high level. If you have made it through years of ro

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Athlete, Taylor Ritzel, Gives Thoughts On Rowing into 2015

2015-01-06 18:11:27 By: National Rowing Foundation
From the time we’re born, we enter and exit different groups, communities, neighborhoods and teams. I, for one, hardly remember my friends and various teammates from middle school, let alone keep in touch with them. Even my high school friends are few and far between. Life moves on, you relocate, you get busy, your interests change, you change. It’s only the rarest of communities that once joined, remain in our lives for years and years to come. For me, and surely for countless others, rowing is that rare gem. Rowers are obsessive; once you catch the rowing bug, you’re doomed. Whether

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Boston's Calling: Head of the Charles 2014

2014-10-16 16:30:55 By: National Rowing Foundation
  This coming weekend marks one of the best of the entire year for any rower. The annual Head of the Charles Regatta draws rowers from all over the world to compete and reunite. Whether you’re racing in an alumni boat looking to relive the good old college days with your buddies, racing in a master’s event to test your mettle against rowers your age or racing any of the highly competitive championship events, this regatta is for you. It’s definitely a favorite for all of us at the National Rowing Foundation – we so look forward to gathering all national team rowers current and

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Gearing Up For Another Fall Season

2014-10-03 20:07:27 By: National Rowing Foundation
The World Championships finished a month ago and the subsequent feelings of success or failure have started to wear off.  Most of us are just finishing our second week of “official” training, not that we ever really take time off.  The first few days weren’t bad, there is always excitement in seeing everyone and in getting back to the familiar routine again. Although, then the soreness sets in and waking up early wasn’t as easy as it was those first few days.  And you realize you have eleven months of this b

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Will Daly (LM4-) on the World Cup II & Holland-Beker Regattas

2014-07-03 20:21:32 By: National Rowing Foundation
The most recent European racing trip was an extremely successful one for the US National Team. The team’s World Cup performance was one of the best ever, second only to last year’s performance in Lucerne when the U.S. won the points trophy for the first time ever. While all athletes laid down great pieces and solid races, there were definitely a few standouts.  On the women’s side, the dominant W8+ had a fantastic race featuring a move that blew past Canada in the last 500m to

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World Cup 2 Day 1

2014-06-20 20:46:05 By: National Rowing Foundation
Well, the first day of racing in Aiguebelette, France came and went. It was full of Exhibition Races, or racing in the time trial format similar to what we’re used to at NSRs.  For some, the results of the time trial determined who got eliminated and who got to skip the repechage and go directly to the semifinals.  For others, the results of the time trial proved less meaningful.  For many events, the time trial simply seeded the heats. Because many crews decided to use the time trial as more of a primer for the heats, some races ended a bit lopsided. Participating in the Exhib

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The Head Of the Charles Regatta Donates $30,000 to Support the 2014 US National Rowing Teams.

2014-06-05 23:02:34 By:
North Stonington, CT  June 5, 2014 --The National Rowing Foundation is pleased to announce that the Head Of The Charles Regatta has agreed to donate $30,000 to support the United States National Team in its quest for gold at the 2014 World Rowing  Championships, 2014 World Rowing Under 23 Championships and 2014 World Rowing Junior Championships. These funds will be used to support each of the elite programs at the senior and Para-Rowing, under 23 and junior levels.  

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National Rowing Foundation Inducts Seventeen Rowers and Coaches into National Rowing Hall of Fame

2014-06-04 19:56:38 By: National Rowing Foundation
  NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. – The National Rowing Foundation inducted seventeen of the most distinguished United States athletes and coaches into the National Rowing Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 31, 2014. The induction ceremony took place at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal in Princeton, N.J. “The Class of 2014 being honored for induction into our Rowing Hall of Fame embodies the achievement in performance, dedication, persistence and contribution to rowing necessary to earn thi

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National Selection Regatta Held In Princeton, NJ

2014-04-25 15:24:21 By: National Rowing Foundation
The official start to the 2014 racing season is here. This weekend’s National Selection Regatta held in Princeton, NJ marks the first opportunity for athletes to make the 2014 Senior National Team that will compete in Amsterdam later this summer. While the selection procedure can be a bit complicated and depends on both the event and number of entries in international competition, many participating athletes are on their way to being named to the team. There’s no question that the ability to compete internationally earlier in the summer is crucial not only for team selection, but also f

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Excitement for Sochi

2014-02-06 04:11:24 By: National Rowing Foundation
Growing up in a ski town in Colorado I started following the Winter Olympics before I ever had an interest in the Summer Olympics.  My first memories of the Winter Olympics are of watching Tommy Moe and Picabo Street compete in the Downhill.  My dreams of making the Olympics as a ski racer soon morphed in to wanting to make the Olympic Ice Hockey team.  Coincidently my ice hockey career ended the same year my rowing career began. R

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Athlete Spotlight: Meghan O'Leary and Ellen Tomek

2014-02-01 03:11:59 By: National Rowing Foundation
The two newest additions to the Oklahoma High Performance Training Center are Meghan O’Leary and Ellen Tomek.  These two competed in the US Women’s Double at the 2013 Chung Ju World Championships in South Korea finishing 7th.  I sat down with them and asked about their move to OKC and what it’s like training with a bunch of lightweight men versus the women’s team in Princeton. [caption id="attachment_642" align="alignnone" width="750"] Meghan O'Leary and Ellen Tomek of the 2013 W2X[/capti

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Athlete Spotlight: Ambrose Puttmann

2014-01-22 03:10:40 By: National Rowing Foundation
So far, there are a lot of new faces on the U.S. National Team this quadrennial on both the men’s and women’s side of things. In an effort to introduce rowing fans to the athletes representing us abroad, the NRF will highlight their stories and backgrounds. Up first, Ambrose Puttmann. He was a member of the Bronze medal-winning Men’s 8+ in 2013. NRF: What’s the athletic background of your family? AP: Both my parents played sports in high school, but have no real athletic background an

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The Post-Olympic Year

2013-12-30 18:14:19 By: National Rowing Foundation
The NRF's Shields Fellows Will Daly and Taylor Ritzel shed light on the trials and tribulations of the post-Olympic year. We hope that everyone has a healthy and happy 2014 and that Team USA continues to break new barriers. Taylor's 2013: Well, 2013 has been quite a year. I can tell you that at this time last year there’s no way I could have ever predicted my 2013. After the 2012 London Olympics I spent some time at home and then ventured to NYC to work for six months. I loved working and I loved being in the city, however trying to work full-time, train twice a day and commute from Co

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The Start of Winter Training Camps - Lightweight Men

2013-12-14 02:38:30 By: National Rowing Foundation
Winter struck most of the country early this year with plenty of snow from Princeton to Oklahoma.  With the arrival of snow California calls.  The lightweight men were the first out to California this year with a small group doing a pre- Christmas trip. The goal of these training trips to California is to be able to stay on the water over the winter, but this trip has already seen its share of land training.  The second day of camp included a 6K erg test.  There were some big scores put up by Mix King and Wi

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Rowers and Their TV Shows

2013-10-07 20:29:28 By: National Rowing Foundation
Rowing at the elite level is no simple task. Aside from the multiple sessions per day on the water, in the erg room and at the gym, a lot of an athletes’ time is spent recovering. This means that rowers often miss weddings, family celebrations and social events all in the name of training and well, necessary relaxation. So, what do national team rowers do during their off time? They do what most people do when trying to take it easy…binge watch TV shows.

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Jason Read Recollects Ground Zero

2013-09-19 13:09:06 By: National Rowing Foundation
This year marked the 12th anniversary of September 11th. While many of us can remember exactly what we were doing when the attacks occurred, very few were at the scene. Jason Read, 2004 Olympic Gold medalist and 13-time recollection of the event: "Rowing has demonstrated to me the primacy of teamwork, tenacity, sacrifice, and equipped me with the requisite skills to lead under duress while working as a rescue chie

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US ROWING TEAM BRINGS HOME 8 MEDALS FROM CHUNGJU!

2013-09-04 06:45:12 By: National Rowing Foundation
WHAT A SUMMER FOR OUR NATIONAL TEAM! The US Rowing Team brought home 8 medals and the overall championship of the World Cup III in Lucerne.  And now another 8 medals from the World Championships in Korea! We sent a full rowing team to Chungju and entered 27 events. And the results were nothing short of impressive. Fifteen crews competed in the ” A” finals, the best showing in years.  And we came away with8 medals: 2 golds, 2 silvers, and 4 bronzes.  

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USA Claims Medals in Lucerne

2013-07-16 07:05:16 By: National Rowing Foundation
Team USA is all smiles following a successful Samsung World Cup III showing in Lucerne USA CREWS RETURN HOME WITH HISTORIC MEDAL HAUL! The NRF congratulates the Team on the much improved showing. We are determined to reward this effort and invite our supporters to help us continue to provide the support needed for continued improved performances by our USA rowers. 

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NRF VP Jo A. Hannafin, MD, PhD 1st Woman President of AOSSM

2013-07-12 07:08:54 By: National Rowing Foundation
Jo A. Hannafin, MD, PhD will be installed as the 42nd and first woman president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) on Saturday, July 13th, 2013, during the Society’s Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL (July 11th-14th). Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 10, 2013 Jo A. Hannafin, MD, PhD will be installed as the 42nd and first woman president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) on Saturday, July 13th, 2013, during the Society’s Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL (July 11th-14th). Jo A.

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New NRF Logo Launched

2013-07-09 07:10:03 By: National Rowing Foundation
In consultation with Infinia Group of New York City the  National Rowing Foundation is pleased to present a new logo. The NRF logo is made up of our symbol, the “Star,” and our full name hgh creme “National Rowing Foundation.”  The symbol of a rower in the shape of a star represents all international rowing classes. The new look was approved by the Board of Directors and the NRF Marketing Committee.

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In Memorium ~ Harry Parker 1935-2013

2013-06-26 07:14:27 By: National Rowing Foundation
  NRF mourns the death of legendary Harvard University rowing coach Harry Parker. Upon hearing the news Co-Chairs Marcia Hooper and Jamie Koven wrote the following tributes: “Harry’s imprint on rowing is indelible not only for the crews he rowed in or coached and the medals they won (earned), but they love of the sport his crews had. Harry’s crew pushed the sport upwards to reach for new heights, new goals and every crew that raced a Parker crew pushed themselves to take their measure

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NRF Welcomes Shields Fellow Will Daly

2013-06-15 07:53:02 By: National Rowing Foundation
June 15, 2013 We are pleased to announce that Will Daly will join the NRF staff as a Frank Shields Fellow effective immediately. Will joins Taylor Ritzel; together they will assist the NRF staff with communications with donors, and National Team athletes past and present. In addition Will and Taylor will work on NRF projects related to the annual events hosted by the NRF including the National Rowing Hall of Fame, the Head of the Charles reception and other NRF events. Will is from Vail Colorado and grew

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Old Glory Boat Club

2013-04-08 07:56:04 By: National Rowing Foundation
Did you know……..? There is a rowing club exclusively for former national team rowers! Founded in 2002 by Hart Perry & others, Old Glory Boat Club is an officially registered virtual club for Team Alums. Here is your opportunity to row with your former boat mates or put together crews from different decades. You are all members of OGBC! This just might have been rowing’s best kept secret until San Diego Crew Classic 2013 when Team Old Glory rowed to victory in the Men’s Masters’ B Final

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News from USRowing – USA Silver in Australia!

2013-03-24 07:58:30 By: National Rowing Foundation
Five Medals for U.S. Crews at the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup I March 24, 2013   Penrith, AUSTRALIA – In the first international event of the season, the United States won medals in five of the six events it entered at the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup March 22-24 at the Sydney International Regatta Center in Penrith, Australia. The U.S. won silver in the women’s pair, women’s quadruple sculls, women’s eight and men’s eight, and bronze in the women’s single sculls. In the first final of the morning, the women’s quad of Eleanor Logan (Boothbay Harbor,

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Samsung World Cup I Is Under Way Down Under

2013-03-22 08:00:27 By: National Rowing Foundation
The first day of racing is over and the results are posted on World Rowing’s website. Click this link for details of the heats. GO USA!! http://www.worldrowing.com/news/calm-day-ends-in-upset-at-sydney-world-rowing-cup-heats

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Mara Keggi Ford Named NRF Associate Director

2013-03-19 08:03:29 By: National Rowing Foundation
March 19, 2013 Mara Ford has been named Associate Director, the National Rowing Foundation announced on Wednesday. Ford, from Middlebury, Conn., will be responsible for the management of the foundation’s fundraising administration, marketing initiatives and event planning and execution. Ford has previously worked with the NRF as the Director of Operations and an Event Marketing Consultant. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to increase my responsibilities with the National Rowing Foundation”, said

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RIP Bruce Soden & Julian Wolf

2013-03-08 08:23:10 By: National Rowing Foundation
NRF has learned of the passing of a former Board Member Bruce Soden and NRF Trustee Julian Wolf. We are saddened by the loss of two fine gentlemen. Julian and Bruce served as USRowing Referees and will be sadly missed. An obituary for Bruce G. Soden can be found on USRowing’s website http://usrowing.org/News/13-03-06/In_Memory_Bruce_G_Soden.aspx Bob Scurria, USRowing Referee Committee, has written a letter to the rowing community. Click he

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A Tribute To The Late Julian Wolf from Bob Scurria

2013-03-08 08:21:18 By: National Rowing Foundation
The Late Julian Wolf – Friend of Rowing It is with the most profound sadness that I report the passing of Julian Wolf. Julian and Mary were vacationing in Australia when he was struck by another bout of pancreatitis. He was rushed to the hospital and for the last four weeks, struggled with his ailment. As you may know, Julian had an ongoing battle with skin cancer and he had survived both prostate cancer and stomach cancer. But those fights took their

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Julian Wolf – Rowing Referee And Icon Of The Sport – by USRowing

2013-03-08 08:14:17 By: National Rowing Foundation
In Memory: Julian Wolf March 08, 2013 To make a donation to the Julian Wolf  National Referee College please CLICK HERE   When Julian Wolf saw a need for something, especially when it involved the sport of rowing, he acted.   He believed that the University of Southern California, and collegiate rowing on the west coast, would benefit from having a rowing team. So he

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NRF Approves The Largest Annual Grant to USRowing for 2013

2013-02-19 08:25:33 By: National Rowing Foundation
NRF Co-Chair Marcia J. Hooper visits USA athletes at Princeton, NJ in the summer of 2012 PRINCETON, N.J. – At its annual board of directors meeting last month, the National Rowing Foundation (NRF) committed to raise $1,050,000 for the United States Rowing Association in 2013, marking its largest single-year grant to date. The funds, which are vital to USRowing athletes and coaches working to build on the strong momentum coming out of the 2012 Olympic Games

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NRF Welcomes New Directors & Trustees

2013-01-22 08:27:36 By: National Rowing Foundation
New Directors Sebastian P. Bea John A. Chatzky Jason Gailes Charles F. Kane, Jr. Robert R. Kunkler Phillip B. Weymouth, III   New Trustees Bruce B. Ibbetson Donovan A. Langford, III T. Gary Rogers Raoul P. Rodriguez

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Another Accolade for the Olympic W8+!

2012-11-13 08:29:18 By: National Rowing Foundation
The Ernestine Bayer Award (formerly Women of the Year) has been awarded to the 2012 Gold Medal Women’s Eight . Please click below to read USRowing’s announcement on row2k http://www.row2k.com/news/news.cfm?ID=76979#.UKKfQIU5hXY Congratulations

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USRowing Hires USA National Team Coaches McGee & Volpenhein

2012-11-06 08:31:29 By: National Rowing Foundation
In a Tuesday, November 6th press release USRowing has announced the hiring of Lucas McGee and Bryan Volpenhein as Men’s Coaches of the US National Team. Click here to be directed to USRowing’s website

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NRF Hosts Team Alums at HOCR

2012-10-22 08:34:19 By: National Rowing Foundation
National Rowing Foundation and the Head of the Charles Regatta National Team Reunion & Reception saw over 350 athletes and friends gather on the banks of the Charles River at the conclusion of Saturday’s racing. 2012 medalists were joined by predecessors from Olympic Games dating back to Rome 1960. The annual event is held to honor current and former national team members in addition to generous NRF supporters. In this photo 3 generations of USA W8+ coxswains, Mary Whipple, Holly Hatton, & Y

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NRF to host National Team Alumni Reception at HOCR

2012-10-09 08:38:15 By: National Rowing Foundation
The National Rowing Foundation will host the 2012 National Team Alumni Reception on Saturday, October 20th. National Team athletes, alumni & guests will be welcomed at the tent adjacent to the Elliot Bridge Enclosure.

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NRF Congratulates Mary Whipple & Ryan Murray

2012-09-26 08:41:08 By: National Rowing Foundation
Medalists from 3 Olympic Games surround Mary & Ryan on their wedding day   Esther Lofgren has sent us this beautiful photo of USA Coxswain Mary Whipple and her husband Ryan Murray on their September 22nd wedding day. Many of Mary’s medal winning team mates from three Olympic Games were on hand to join in the festivities. Congratulations Mary & Ryan!

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USRowing Announces Commitment to Rio

2012-09-17 09:21:36 By: National Rowing Foundation
Terhaar Back for Four More Years September 17, 2012 PRINCETON, N.J. – With two Olympic medals, including a second consecutive gold for U.S. women’s coach Tom Terhaar, USRowing is pleased to announce that Terhaar has committed to lead the effort for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.   “Tom is one of the most sought after coaches in the world following the huge success of the women in London last month,” said USRowing Chief Executive Officer Glenn Merry. “After seven gold medals

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Post Olympic Bliss

2012-09-14 18:47:26 By: National Rowing Foundation
Now that the Olympics have been over for some time, I thought I might give a quick update on what it’s been like for me since returning home. Just today most of Team USA visited the White House and even shook hands with President Obama, the First Lady and Joe Biden! I’m pretty bummed I wasn’t able to venture out to Washington DC, but several athletes blogged about their experiences, including rowers Susan Francia and Nick LaCava here. While I can’t speak to my teammates’ experiences, ever

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One Big Olympic Post

2012-08-25 15:15:48 By: National Rowing Foundation
Well, the Olympic Games are over. What an amazing, crazy, overwhelming, unbelievable and fun experience it was. The Women’s 8+ finished on August 2nd, so we got to spend a good ten days enjoying the Games and London, which proved to be perfect, but definitely exhausting. First, I will share some of my thoughts on our race before getting to the real dirt! On the morning of the 2nd, I could tell we were so ready. Not only had it been four days since we’d raced the heat, but our taper was in full effect so we had a lot (too much) energy and emotions w

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Taylor Ritzel’s London Olympic Experience In her own words

2012-08-25 09:34:19 By: National Rowing Foundation
One Big Olympic Post Posted on August 25, 2012 by nationalrowingfoundation   Well, the Olympic Games are over. What an amazing, crazy, overwhelming, unbelievable and fun experience it was. The Women’s 8+ finished on August 2nd

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NRF Hosts Reception in Plovdiv

2012-08-21 09:45:12 By: National Rowing Foundation
The Vascottos with Sarah Cleveland and Ron Narode The National Rowing Foundation was on hand in Plovdiv, Bulgaria to host a reception on Thursday, August 16 for USA Team families and supporters. The Panorama Bar at the Park-St. Peterburg Hotel was the site of the gathering. Panoramic Sunset

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We Rowed to London!

2012-08-17 09:49:49 By: National Rowing Foundation
The Olympic rowing is over but it is not too late to join in the effort! Simply click the link below to either join a team or help support our athletes! Thank you! http://natrowing.donorpages.com/RowtoLondon/

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M4- Bronze Medalists Share Their Post Race Smiles ~ & Medals!

2012-08-06 09:53:41 By: National Rowing Foundation
Glenn Ochal, Henrik Rummel, Charlie Cole & Scott Gault show off their bronze medals with Coach Tim McLaren. Congratulations gentlemen ~ you rowed a tough race! (USRowing photo)

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USRowing Hires Curtis Jordan as High Performance Director

2012-08-06 09:24:09 By: National Rowing Foundation
The National Rowing Foundation congratulates USRowing on the appointment of Curtis Jordan. To read the full announcement please click on the link below.   http://usrowing.org/News/12-09-05/USRowing_Hires_Curtis_Jordan_as_High_Performance_Director.aspx

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GOLD!!!

2012-08-05 10:07:12 By: National Rowing Foundation
Congratulations USA Women’s Eight!!!!!!!!!!!!!   [caption id="attachment_372" align="alignnone" width="300"] One of my favorite images from the medals dock[/caption]

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Trowbridge & Shumway Race in Friday’s W2x Finals

2012-08-03 10:09:39 By: National Rowing Foundation
Second chance double is a team of three  By: Ed Moran, USRowing LONDON – Matt Madigan stood to the side of the big screen television in the Finn M. W. Caspersen Rowing Center in West Mercer, New Jersey while he ran a video of an exhibition race that Sarah Trowbridge andMargot Shumway had

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Nice Shout Out For NRF From USRowing!

2012-08-03 10:08:04 By: National Rowing Foundation
We would like to say a special thank you to the National Rowing Foundation for being our biggest supporter of the US National Team. They are a wonderful partner of ours and have great passion for ensuring that our teams are put in the best position to achieve success. These Games are a testament to their commitment. We are in the final stretch of our co- promoted program, 

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And Finally ~ The Finals!

2012-08-01 10:12:30 By: National Rowing Foundation
By nationalrowingfoundation Today marks the start of the finals, when Olympic medals are won and lost. It’s amazing to think that this is it. You spend so much time training, traveling, preparing to race, racing in the heats or semis and thinking about what the final will be like. And then, before you know it, it’s time to line up against the best in the world. Not only is the final the most fun t

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USA Wins Bronze Today ~ USA Crews LM4- & W8+ Race Thursday

2012-08-01 10:11:20 By: National Rowing Foundation
Bronze Medals and smiles are the order of the day for the Women’s Quadruple Sculls crew of Natalie Dell, Kara Kohler, Megan Kalmoe and Adrienne Martelli! (Row To London photo) Gevvie Stone races in  Semi Final B at 6:20 am tomorrow morning. Thursday’s Olympic Finals will begin at 6:50 am on the east coast. USA crews are scheduled to row at 7:10 am (LM4- B Final)  and 7:30 am (W8+ A Final) For a complete listing of starting lineups and race times see 

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And Finally, the Finals

2012-08-01 04:35:10 By: National Rowing Foundation
Today marks the start of the finals, when Olympic medals are won and lost. It’s amazing to think that this is it. You spend so much time training, traveling, preparing to race, racing in the heats or semis and thinking about what the final will be like. And then, before you know it, it’s time to line up against the best in the world. Not only is the final the most fun to race in, but it’s also the best to watch. So far there have been some really courageous and entertaining races, like the American W2X yesterday in the reps, wow! Today will surely be a good show. We have American boat

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W2X and W1X Move On to Finals & Semis

2012-07-31 10:15:37 By: National Rowing Foundation
Congratulations to the W2x crew of Sarah Trowbridge & Margot Shumway; their 2nd place finish in this morning’s repechage earned them a spot in Wednesday’s A Final. Gevvie Stone placed 3rd in her quarter final today and moves on to Thursday’s Semi Final A/B . To catch the action on your computer clickhttp://www.nbcolympics.com/rowing/event/women-double-sculls/index.html?v=20120731-121350772 to watch NBC Olympics’ live coverage. If you miss an event NBC has videos availab

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W4x Through to the Finals ~

2012-07-30 10:17:33 By: National Rowing Foundation
Congratulations to USA quadruple sculls rowers Natalie Dell, Kara Kohler, Megan Kalmoe, & Adrienne Martelli for rowing straight through to the A Finals with their second place finish in today’s repechage. The M4- with Glenn Ochal, Henrik Rummel, Charlie Cole, and Scott Gault won today’s heat to proceed to Semi Final A/B. Also moving on are the W2x crew of Margot Shumway & Sarah Trowbridge who raced to third place in the heat and will compete in Tuesday’s repechage. For a complete listing of upcoming races and results see the World Rowing website: http://88.85.4.10/n_results

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The Olympic Outlook For Monday July 30 ~ By USRowing

2012-07-29 10:19:51 By: National Rowing Foundation
Monday Olympic Preview: Five U.S. Crews in Action July 29, 2012   LONDON – Two boats that have been waiting the longest to get started will row to the line tomorrow morning for the first heats of their Olympic quest at Eton Dorney. The women’s double sculls team of Sarah Trowbridge (Guilford, Conn.) and Margot Shumway (Westlake, Ohio) will race at 10:30 a.m. against Germany, Ukraine, Australia and Poland, with the top two boats advancing to the final on Friday. The U.S. avoided facing the favored British duo of Katherine Gra

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Where To Watch The Action

2012-07-28 10:21:27 By: National Rowing Foundation
Here is the link to the NBC Sports Live Video Feed: http://www.nbcolympics.com/liveextra/video-watch.html?video=heats-m2-w2-m1x-w1x-m4x-w4x-m2x-lm4-m8

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Let The Games Begin!

2012-07-27 10:23:13 By: National Rowing Foundation
Tomorrow! The wait is almost over, America!   ROW TO LONDON! We are so excited that the Olympic Games start tomorrow with the Opening Ceremonies; then on Saturday morning, July 28, the racing starts. Let the Games begin! One Team…One Goal…Gotta Want It If you follow our athletes on social media, you know this is what they live by. Our 44 Olympians and five alternates are a spirited group, each with two eyes firmly on the prize. We have every confidence that they will achieve their goals and give

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Blog From Eton-Dorney by Taylor Ritzel. Ready All?

2012-07-27 10:22:05 By: National Rowing Foundation
http://nationalrowingfoundation.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/let-the-games-begin/

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Let The Games Begin

2012-07-27 08:55:35 By: National Rowing Foundation
I can’t believe it all starts today. I remember when the year marker was a big deal, and then the 100-day mark and then the month mark. Wow, it really does go by fast!Although most of Team USA has been here for about a week and a half, I still feel like we just got here. Things have definitely picked up since last I wrote. There are foreign athletes everywhere. The dining halls, especially in the morning, are crazy. There is literally no food left and the poor dining hall staff have to restock as quickly as possible for the inevitable late morning influx. The bus lines are also so

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Olympic Rowing Schedule ~ Only a few days until the start of racing!

2012-07-24 10:24:52 By: National Rowing Foundation
The Olympics begin on July 27 and run until August 12. Rowing begins on July 28, when eight of our 12 boats will compete in their first qualifying race. Very exciting! Schedule and results can be found here: http://www.london2012.com/rowing/schedule-and-results/ Finals Women’s Pair, Men’s Eight, and Women’s Quad finals are Wednesday, August 1. Lightweight Men’s Four and Women’s Eight finals are Thursday, August 2. Men’s Single Sculls, Women’s Double Sculls, Men’s Pair, and Men’s Quad finals are Friday, August 3. Women’s Single Sculls, Lightweight Women

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Taylor reports from Dorney – The Waiting Game

2012-07-20 10:27:39 By: National Rowing Foundation
One Week From The Opening Ceremonies! Posted on July 20, 2012 by nationalrowingfoundation Not much has changed since I last posted. The rowing village and the course are still pretty empty, so not much new to report on. However, we did see Matthew Pinsent this morning and he shared with us that the huge towers on either side of the course are going to be connected by a SEVEN TON wire. Apparently the wire will be used for a camera(s) to track the entirety of each race. I’m no engineer so I’m curious as to how two towers (which already look a bit unsteady, especially if the wind is to re

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One Week From The Opening Ceremonies!

2012-07-20 09:04:03 By: National Rowing Foundation
Not much has changed since I last posted. The rowing village and the course are still pretty empty, so not much new to report on. However, we did see Matthew Pinsent this morning and he shared with us that the huge towers on either side of the course are going to be connected by a SEVEN TON wire. Apparently the wire will be used for a camera(s) to track the entirety of each race. I'm no engineer so I'm curious as to how two towers (which already look a bit unsteady, especially if the wind is to really pick up) about 2500 meters apart can hold so much weight plus cameras? There's got to be a

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An Olympian’s First Impression ~ By NRF Shields Fellow Taylor Ritzel

2012-07-19 10:29:01 By: National Rowing Foundation
[caption id="attachment_377" align="alignleft" width="225"] Taylor models her Olympic Outfit[/caption] Today marked our first full day here and things are…empty. We were one of the first teams to arrive, both from the US and in the Rowing Village. Our flight from Newark was short and simple thankfully and the welcoming committee at London-Heathrow Airport was very friendly even at 6:20 am. After being accredited and given passes that we literally have to wear around with us at all times (we even rowed with t

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All Settled In: Olympic Rowing Village

2012-07-18 16:33:28 By: National Rowing Foundation
Today marked our first full day here and things are…empty. We were one of the first teams to arrive, both from the US and in the Rowing Village. Our flight from Newark was short and simple thankfully and the welcoming committee at London-Heathrow Airport was very friendly even at 6:20 am. After being accredited and given passes that we literally have to wear around with us at all times (we even rowed with them in our boat today), we gathered our bags and made our way to the Olympic Rowing and Canoe Sprint Village at the Royal Holloway, University of London. The accommodations are aw

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Meet the USA Rowing Team With Their University Affiliations

2012-07-16 10:23:48 By: National Rowing Foundation
Men’s Single Sculls (M1x) Ken Jurkowski – Cornell University – New Fairfield, Conn.   Women’s Single Sculls (W1x) Genevra Stone – Princeton University – Newton, Mass.   Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls (LW2x) Julie Nichols – Univ. of California, Berkeley – Livermore, Calif. Kristin Hedstrom – Univ. of Wisconsin – Concord, Mass.   Women’s Double Sculls (W2x) Margot Shumway – Ohio State University – Westlake, Ohio

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London Bound

2012-07-08 09:27:50 By: National Rowing Foundation
Since the remainder of the team was officially selected on June 22nd, we have been bombarded with media requests, guests at practice and team functions. So, needless to say things have been quite busy. What's really great about the team finally being announced, aside from the big increase in attention to our sport (which is always a positive), is the sheer amount of love and support coming out of the woodwork. Rowing on the national team can be very lonely at times; you’re constantly tired, have to pass on a lot of socializing, and have to be selfish with your time, energy and emotions. For

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Thoughts on Lucerne 2012

2012-05-29 07:34:41 By: National Rowing Foundation
We're finally home! The trip back wasn't bad at all, we luckily escaped any real delays or malfunctions, but I always hate traveling home because I am so beyond ready to just be back. Now that we're all home, we are trying to adjust as quickly as possible and get back to it.The women's team arrived in Lucerne on Sunday, May 20 just as the Olympic Qualification Regatta got underway. There was definitely an energy around the course and at the hotel from the get go. Because racing occurred so late in the day, apparently due to the fact that the volunteers (young kids) weren't out of sch

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Taylor Ritzel checks in from Breisach, Germany

2012-05-16 10:29:36 By: National Rowing Foundation
http://nationalrowingfoundation.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/greetings-from-breisach-am-rhein/ Taylor and her team mates are in Germany enjoying the local food and customs as they prepare for the next step on their journey to represent USA in London.

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Greetings from Breisach am Rhein

2012-05-14 03:31:05 By: National Rowing Foundation
With less than 75 days until the Opening Ceremonies in London, our group is training here in Breisach, Germany before we head to Lucerne for World Cup II. We are still more than a month away from the final selection date so a lot is yet to be decided. For now we are enjoying the little town of Breisach and logging in some good miles. We get to row on the Rhine with Germany on one side and France on the other. The German side seems to be constantly bustling with people, whereas the French side is quite empty. Plus, everyone has a dog without a leash. All different breeds roam the path along

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World Cup I Recap

2012-05-08 08:42:59 By: National Rowing Foundation
 Well, the first part of our journey is over. Once racing started, time just flew by. By the time we raced, cooled down, recovered properly and refueled, it felt like it was already time to get ready to race again. Our hotel was only about a ten-minute bus ride away, so our post race routines ran smoothly for the most part. As far as the racing went, while I cannot speak for the other boats competing, I'd say it was a fairly successful weekend. I know I definitely learned a lot and am grateful to have had the opportunity to line up against some of the best in th

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World Cup I: Belgrade, Serbia

2012-05-04 08:59:46 By: National Rowing Foundation
Racing season is finally here! Although the women's squad got the opportunity to race at the first NSR and the Qualification Regatta, this World Cup officially marks our first opportunity to test our speed internationally and get a feel for where we stand. The US has a squad of 14 racing here (including 3 adaptive athletes looking to qualify for the Paralympic Games), so quite a smaller number of athletes than I'm used to. After arriving in Zurich early Sunday morning, we caught a second flight to Belgrade. We dropped our bags off at the hotel (let me tell you we have a lot of stuff; food,

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Row to London

2012-04-17 10:34:32 By: National Rowing Foundation
Please help support the Row to London effort! Simply click the link below to either join a team or help support our athletes! Thank you! Click here now!

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Men's 2- 2000 Sydney Olympic Games

2012-02-29 11:02:27 By: National Rowing Foundation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cym4_teegyM Watch 2012 Hall of Fame inductees Sebastian Bea & Ted Murphy win the Silver medal!

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The NRF Announces Jamie Koven and Marcia Hooper As New Board Co-Chairs

2012-02-07 22:17:18 By: National Rowing Foundation
MYSTIC, Conn., February 3, 2012 -- The National Rowing Foundation (NRF) is pleased to announce that at its 2012 Annual Meeting Marcia Hooper and Jamie Koven were elected Co-Chairs of the Board of the NRF. Anne Martin and Dick Cashin who stepped down as Co-Chairs have both joined the Executive Committee of the Board. The Directors and Trustees were highly grateful for all the contributions made by Dick and Anne during their ten year tenure and welcomed Marcia and Jamie. Jamie Koven has deep understanding of competitive rowing spanning over three decades. He is currently training for the 2012 Ol

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Sunny San Diego

2012-01-17 23:01:52 By: National Rowing Foundation
It's finally here! 2012 means for us, first and foremost, the year of the London Olympic Games. The Opening Ceremonies are less than 200 days away, nearing closer and closer. The women's team is currently training at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA and we are loving it! The weather is perfect, the lake is beautiful and we are all looking less and less pale each day (I hope!). The facilities here are quite incredible, all the physical therapy we could wish for is right next door, limitless meals are provided for, and we are all able to stay on site for the full length of the trai

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Meet Team USA: Adrienne Martelli

2011-11-30 14:12:58 By: National Rowing Foundation
[caption id="attachment_46" align="aligncenter" width="200" caption="2008 NCAA Championships - UW Varsity 4+"] In an effort to introduce the women currently training in Princeton to you, each post will highlight someone different. To start off we have Adrienne Martelli, a silver medalist at this year's World Championships in Bled. Hailing from University Place, Washington, Adrienne was a standout runner and basketball player in high school. She began rowing at the University of Washingt

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Early Testing: Fall Speed Orders 2011

2011-11-09 18:19:30 By: National Rowing Foundation
We're eight weeks into the Olympic year and it's already time for the first round of selection. First, it's unbelievable to me that eight weeks have gone by. It feels like I was flying home from Bled just yesterday, antsy for the training cycle to begin. This fall, while challenging at times for everyone in regards to injury, new technique and cold temperatures, we've logged some solid miles. But now it's time to prove it. I've never raced in a fall speed order before, so I'm eager to see what it's all about. I'm definitely looking forward to having more rowers around, just watching the Prince

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Head of the Charles 2011

2011-10-19 18:33:00 By: National Rowing Foundation
It's that time of year again, finally! It's the only rowing event in the US, where thousands of people come to watch. Plus, this year is especially exciting because we missed last year due to Worlds being so late. Unfortunately, none of the women are racing like we had originally hoped but at least we get to go. Although I would much rather race, this will be my first year as a spectator and I can't wait to see all the collisions... I mean, fasboats. And, the weather is supposed to be beautiful, much different than our last Charles experience complete with snow and sleet back in 2009. Ther

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Day Three in Munich

2011-08-20 02:21:26 By: National Rowing Foundation
On thewomen's side of things, we all left for Newark International Airport on Tuesday and got to the airport three hours ahead of time (per usual). Everyone got through check-in and security without any issues, although how is it that every time I travel somewhere I pack a ridiculous amount? I pledge to myself constantly, "ok, next time I will take only one bag and by God, that will be all I take." Every time I fail. Jamie Redman, who is now a Premier member because she so efficiently recorded all her miles, always comes to my rescue and checks my second bag for me. This positive reinforcement

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One Year Out

2011-08-04 11:13:30 By: National Rowing Foundation
It’s amazing to be one year out from the next Olympic games.  It feels to me, as Beijing was still just a couple of months ago, let alone Athens being almost 8 years ago.   The day-to-day training is so similar I tend to forget all the amazement, excitement, and enjoyment the Olympics offers.  When you are living and breathing the games side by side with a group of people who are doing the same, you become sheltered from build up the rest of the world is feeling.   Olympians and hopefuls live by a motto “It is not every 4 years it is every day” because we must.  You have to put in

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Gearing Up For World Cup III: Lucerne

2011-07-07 06:04:53 By: National Rowing Foundation
Greetings and welcome to the official blog of the NRF. Both Dan Walsh and I (the current Shields Fellows) are trying to launch a social media campaign that will help connect the NRF and all of its many generous supporters to current USA athletes. Using Twitter, YouTube and this blog, we will try to update you as much as possible about all of our training and racing adventures. So, here it goes! After lots of fun racing at the Henley Royal Regatta, both the men and women's teams left for Switzerland early Monday morning. The trip from London to Zurich and then to Lucerne was fairly uneventfu

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