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Gold for Eight Oars, Two from Radcliffe

8.2.12

U.S. oarswomen Esther Lofgren ’09  (third from left ), who rowed in the #3 seat,  and Caryn Davies ’05 (second from right), who stroked the boat, celebrate with teammates after winning their Olympic gold medals.

U.S. oarswomen Esther Lofgren ’09 (third from left ), who rowed in the #3 seat, and Caryn Davies ’05 (second from right), who stroked the boat, celebrate with teammates after winning their Olympic gold medals.

Photograph by Natacha Pisarenko/Associated Press

The U.S. women’s eight-oared crew won the gold medal in its final London Olympics race on the course at Eton Dorney on Thursday, August 2.  By finishing in 6:10:59 to defeat the silver-medal boat from Canada by nearly a second and a half, the Americans succeeded in defending the Olympic championship their eight captured at Beijing in 2008 and added a third gold medal to the U.S. record in this event. (The first came at Los Angeles in 1984.) The Canadian team finished in 6:12.06, while the Netherlands took the bronze in 6:13.12. The New York Times report on the race includes a visually beautiful three-minute video on the crew.

Two rowers in the victorious boat, Caryn Davies ’05 and Esther Lofgren ’09, rowed for the Radcliffe crew as undergraduates. They appear in a roundup of Crimson athletes at the London Games.  In addition, Davies was profiled in Harvard Magazine in 2003, and the Harvard Crimson ran a profile of Lofgren this year. Lofgren’s blog, “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” narrates her Olympic adventures. 

 

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