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Womens' Pair (W2-)

2004 Athens Olympic Games

August 14-22, 2004
Schinias Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Centre

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Preview

Bishop and Grainger (Great Britain) broke through last year for the gold in this event, after placing out of the medals in both 2001 and 2002. Strong pressure will be on them in Athens from veteran medalists from Belarus and Romania, who placed 2nd and 3rd , respectively, last year. A bid from the United States to move up from last year's 6th place finish by moving Kate MacKenzie, 2002 gold medalist in the eight, into its pair. Another darkhorse challenge may come from Germany with a new combination of veteran gold and silver medalists from the 1999 Worlds.

Final A Pre-Race Analysis

It looks like Belarus and Romania (respectively 2nd and 3rd last year at Worlds) may have caught up with Great Britain, last year's gold medalists, putting them in line for the gold and silver pairs medals in Athens. Great Britain will not give up its gold medal stature lightly, but also must give considerable attention to nailing down the bronze medal against a significant challenge from Canada, before blowing themselves out trying to chase down Belarus and Romania. The "story within a story" here may be the Romanian team's gamble, letting two of their veterans (Susanu and Damian [Andrunche]) double up in the pairs and eights competitions. If fatigue due to over-racing by the Romanian pair becomes a factor, Great Britain and Canada's chances for both to medal would improve significantly, and the fatigue could spill over into the eights event, where Romania has its hands full trying to run down the favored USA women. Given the Romanian's demonstrated speed in the pair, however, their loss of a silver medal in this event seems unlikely.

Previews and other commentary are © Copyright 2004. Kent Mitchell. All rights reserved.

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Biographies

 

ROMANIA Back ^
Georgeta Andrunsche 2002 2- 1st
    2002 8+ 4th
    2003 2- 3rd
Viorica Susanu 1994 4x 10th
    1995 4x 12th
    1996 4x 10th
    1997 2x 3rd
    1997 8+ 1st
    1998 2x 1st
    1998 8+ 1st
    1999 2- 6th
    1999 8+ 1st
    2000 8+ 1st
    2001 2- 1st
    2001 8+ 2nd
    2002 2- 1st
    2002 8+ 4th
    2003 2- 3rd
UNITED STATES Back ^
Kate MacKenzie 2002 8+ 1st
Sarah Jones 1997 4- 4th
    1998 8+ 2nd
    1999 8+ 2nd
    2000 8+ 6th
    2001 4x 3rd
    2002 4x 7th
    2003 4x 6th
GREAT BRITAIN Back ^
Katherine Grainger 1997 8+ 3rd
    1999 4x 7th
    2000 4x 2nd
    2001 8+ 6th
    2002 4x 5th
    2003 2- 1st
Catherine Bishop 1995 8+ 7th
    1996 8+ 7th
    1997 2- 7th
    1998 2- 2nd
    1999 2- 5th
    2000 2- 9th
    2001 8+ 6th
    2003 2- 1st
BELARUS Back ^
Yuliya Bichyk 1999 4- 1st
    1999 8+ 7th
    2000 8+ 4th
    2001 2- 2nd
    2002 2- 3rd
    2002 8+ 5th
    2003 2- 2nd
Natallia Helakh 1999 2- Rep(eliminated)
    2000 8+ 4th
    2000 4- 1st
    2002 2- 3rd
    2003 2- 2nd
CANADA Back ^
Buffy Williams (Alexander) 1997 8+ 2nd
    1998 4- 2nd
    1999 8+ 3rd
    2000 8+ 3rd
    2002 2x 9th
    2003 8+ 3rd
Darcy Marquardt 2002 8+ 6th
    2002 4- 2nd
    2003 8+ 3rd
CHINA Back ^
Xiaoxia Yan 2003 2- 5th
Yiaobei Yin 2003 2- 5th
GERMANY Back ^
Maren Derlien 1998 2x 8th
    1999 4x 1st
Sandra Goldbach 1997 8+ 5th
    1998 4- 6th
    1999 4- 2nd
    2000 4- 8th
    2001 4- 6th
FRANCE Back ^
Sophia Balmary 1998 2x 5th
    1999 2x 8th
    2000 2x 9th
    2001 1x 4th
    2002 2x 6th
    2003 2- 8th
Virginie Chauvel 2001 2- 12th
    2002 2- 9th
    2003 2- 8th
BULGARIA Back ^
Milka Tancheva 2002 2- 11th
    2003 2- 9th
Anna Chuk 2002 2- 11th
    2003 2- 9th
NEW ZEALAND Back ^
Juliette Haigh      
Nickyh Coles 2001 4- 2nd
    2002 4- 4th

 

 

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