Aug 2, 2012; Dorney, United Kingdom; Team USA women's eight crew Erin Cafaro (bow) Zsuzsanna Francia (2) Esther Lofgren (3) Taylor Ritzel (4) Meghan Musnicki (5) Eleanor Logan (6) Caroline Lind (7) Caryn Davies (stroke) and Mary Whipple (cox) celebrate their gold medal victory in the women's eight final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

United States Wins Gold In Women's Eight Rowing

The United States won its second straight gold in the women's eight. South Africa and New Zealand also took home rowing gold.

  • Live
2 Total Updates since August 2, 2012
  • Important 1
  • Updates 1
  • Articles 1
  • All Updates 2

Women's Rowing Wins Gold, Establishes 'American Dynasty'

"That is an American dynasty, baby."

Susan Francia said it best about the United States' women's eight team, which continued its rowing dominance on Thursday, winning the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Not only is it the Americans' second straight gold at the Summer Games, but it also marks their seventh consecutive win at the highest level -- U.S. won the World Rowing Championships in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 (the competition is not held the same years as the Olympics). And at the 2004 Summer Olympics, they brought home a silver.

The U.S., led by coxswain Mary Whipple, led from start to finish, stretching their advantage over the silver-medal winners from Canada to as much as 2.34 seconds at the 1000-meter mark. They completed the 2,000-meter course in 6:10.59, beating the Canadians by 1.47 seconds and the bronze medal winner, the Netherlands, by 2.53 seconds.

"Coming off the line, I felt so much," Whipple said. "And then when we took our stride, that was beautiful.

"We were a little high and I just told them to breathe and enjoy the moment. Feel each stroke. Be present. And we were present -- the whole time."

"It was magical," Whipple added. Then, as is customary in rowing, her crew celebrated by throwing her into the water.

20120802_jdm_sx1_029_extra_large_medium

Magical, indeed.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics hub.

Continue

United States Wins Gold In Women's Eight Rowing

The United States won its second straight gold in the women's eight. South Africa and New Zealand also took home rowing gold.

Continue
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.