Stone and Wagner 5th, Madden/Rusher 10th in Tokyo
Racing the in the A Final in the Women’s Double Sculls, Gevvie Stone and Kristie Wagner just edged out Canada to finish in 5th place. The crew put in an aggressive first thousand to be in the mix for medals, but were unable to stay with the field in the second half. For a combination brand new in 2021, racing far more established crews, it was a result to be proud of, and was one of the top results for USRowing at Olympic Games, with only the Men’s and Women’s Eights finishing higher (both 4th). Romania, New Zealand and the Netherlands finished in podium position, while Lithuania’s Bronze Medallists from the Rio Olympics finished in 4th place.
Racing in the B Final of the Women’s Quadrupple Sculls, Alie Rusher and Cicely Madden (with Ellen Tomek and Meghan O’Leary) finished 4th, getting edged out by France (.33 seconds) and New Zealand (1.03 seconds), while GB dominated the race with a nearly 4 second margin to the closest crew. It was a tough way to end the regatta, but with both Madden and Rusher making their first Olympic appearances, the experience will invaluable on their road to Paris and perhaps Los Angeles.
Regardless of the results, we are all incredibly proud of all our athletes, as they navigated the usual trials and tribulations of an Olympic campaign, as well as a whole new set of challenges and limitations imposed on them by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for representing our country, our city and our river on the biggest stage our sport has to offer.