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Womens' Eight (W8+)

2004 Athens Olympic Games

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

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Preview

The United States women, victorious over medal contenders in this year's World Cup racing, seeks to avenge its crab in the early going in last year's Worlds finals, which cost them a medal opportunity and caused them to scramble to achieve a 5th place finish for the last Olympic qualifying slot. But watch out for Germany, Romania and Canada, last year's gold, silver and bronze medalists. Germany returns intact, Romania has a number of changes and Canada has made 3 changes. Australia's 4th place crew from 2003 returns virtually intact. With only 7 crews in this event, it will be a long wait for the contenders until the real racing begins the last day of the Olympic rowing programme.

Final A Race Preview

The United States women's eight has demonstrated a consistent ability to defeat the other contenders. They did so earlier this summer in World Cup racing, and again in their heat in Athens. Romania did close and almost beat the US in that heat, but Romania was required to turn on the afterburners in the last 500 meters of their repechage to hold off a charge by the Germans in the third 500. Add to this the effects of Andrunche and Susanu of Romania who are doubling in both the women's pair and the eight, and fatigue in the Romanian boat may be a significant factor in the women's by Sunday's eight finals. By then those two will have race 4 very tough races, compared to only one each by their counterparts in the other women's eights. If the Netherlands (winner in the other heat), Germany, Australia and China (all four likely to present strong challenges to Romania with 500 meters to go) are all over Romania with 500 to go, any one of them could row Romania down if there is a fatigue factor to deal with in the Romanian boat. Nevertheless, the experience and demonstrated speed of the Romanians suggest Romania's ability to hold the field off for the silver medal. By comparison to the biographies of the other crews, the Netherlands does not have the experience or past success at this level as the USA, Romania and Germany, and only a superb effort is likely to propel the Netherlands, China or Australia onto the medal podium. Germany should hold them all off for the bronze (or silver if Germany can repeat its 2003 victory over Romania).

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

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Biographies

 

UNITED STATES  
Katherine Johnson 2001 8+ 4th
    2002 8+ 1st
    2003 8+ 5th
Anna Mickelson 2001 8+ 4th
    2002 8+ 1st
    2003 8+ 5th
Lianne Nelson 1994 2- 6th
    1995 4- 1st
    1998 8+ 2nd
    1999 2- 7th
    2000 8+ 6th
    2003 2- 6th
Caryn Davies 2002 8+ 1st
Laurel Korholz 1994 8+ 2nd
    1995 8+ 1st
    1996 8+ 4th
    1997 4x 9th
    1998 2x 4th
    1999 4x 4th
    2000 4x 5th
    2002 2x 8th
    2003 4x 6th
Megan Dirkmaat 2001 8+ 4th
    2002 2- 6th
    2003 8+ 5th
Samantha McGee 2003 8+ 5th
Alison Cox 2001 4- 4th
    2002 8+ 1st
    2003 8+ 5th
(cox) Mary Whipple 2001 8+ 4th
    2002 8+ 1st
    2003 8+ 5th
ROMANIA Back ^
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
Aurica Barascu 2002 8+ 4th
    2002 2x 11th
    2003 8+ 2nd
Liliana Gafencu 1994 4x 10th
    1995 2x 14th
    1995 4x 12th
    1996 4- ?
    1996 8+ 1st
    1997 2x 3rd
    1997 8+ 1st
    1998 4- 5th
    1998 8+ 1st
    2000 8+ 1st
    2003 8+ 2nd
Ioanna Papuc 2002 8+ 4th
Rodic Floria 2001 4- 7th
Elisabeta Lipa (Oleniuc) 1983 2- 3rd
    1984 2- 1st
    1985 2- 2nd
    1986 2x 2nd
    1987 2x 2nd
    1988 2x 2nd
    1988 4x 3rd
    1989 1x 1st
    1989 2x 2nd
    1990 1x 6th
    1991 1x 2nd
    1991 2x 2nd
    1992 2x 2nd
    1992 1x 1st
    1993 1x 7th
    1993 2x 6th
    1994 2- 2nd
    1994 8+ 3rd
    1996 8+ 1st
    1996 1x 9th
    1996 4- ?
    1999 4x 9th
    2000 2x 5th
    2000 8+ 1st
    2003 8+ 2nd
Georgeta Andrunache 2002 2- 1st
  (Damian) 2002 8+ 4th
    2003 8+ 2nd
Doina Ignat 1991 4x 3rd
    1992 4x 2nd
    1993 8+ 1st
    1994 4- 4th
    1994 8+ 3rd
    1995 2- 6th
    1995 8+ 2nd
    1996 4- ?
    1996 8+ 1st
    1997 4- 2nd
    1997 8+ 1st
    1998 8+ 1st
    1998 4- 5th
    1999 2x 10th
    1999 8+ 1st
    2000 8+ 1st
    2000 4- 3rd
    2000 2- 1st
    2003 8+ 2nd
Elena Georgescu (Nedelc) 2003 8+ 2nd
AUSTRALIA Back ^
Jodi Winter 1998 2- 7th
    1998 8+ 4th
    1999 8+ 5th
    2000 8+ 5th
    2001 8+ 1st
    2002 8+ 2nd
    2003 8+ 4th
Catriona Oliver 2003 2x 6th
Monique Heinke 2001 2x 8th
    2003 8+ 4th
Sarah Outhwaite      
Julia Wilson 2000 4x 7th
    2001 8+ 1st
    2002 8+ 2nd
    2003 8+ 4th
Kyeema Doyle 2003 8+ 4th
Sally Robbins 2000 4x 7th
    2001 4x 4th
    2002 4x 2nd
    2003 8+ 4th
Victoria Roberts 2000 8+ 5th
    2001 8+ 1st
    2002 8+ 2nd
    2003 8+ 4th
(cox) Katie Foulkes 2003 8+ 4th
Germany Back ^
Anja Pyritz 1993 2- 5th
    1994 4- 5th
    1995 8+ 4th
    1996 8+ 8th
    1997 8+ 5th
    1998 8+ 6th
    2001 8+ 3rd
    2002 8+ 3rd
    2003 8+ 1st
Maja Tucholke 2001 8+ 3rd
    2002 8+ 3rd
    2003 8+ 1st
Britta Holthaus 2001 8+ 3rd
    2002 8+ 3rd
    2003 8+ 1st
Elke Hipler 1997 4- 3rd
    1998 8+ 6th
    1999 2- 2nd
    2003 8+ 1st
Nicole Zimmerman 2002 8+ 3rd
    2003 8+ 1st
Suzanne Schmidt 2001 8+ 3rd
    2002 8+ 3rd
    2003 8+ 1st
Lenka Wech 1996 4- --
    1999 8+ 6th
    2000 2- 6th
    2001 8+ 3rd
    2002 8+ 3rd
    2003 8+ 1st
Silke Guenther 2001 8+ 3rd
    2002 8+ 3rd
    2003 8+ 1st
(cox) Annina Ruppel 2001 8+ 3rd
    2002 8+ 3rd
    2003 8+ 1st
CANADA Back ^
Sabrina Kolker 2003 4- 4th
Romina Stefanic      
Anna-Marie DeZwager 2003 2x 14th
Karen Clark 2001 8+ 7th
    2001 2- 3rd
    2002 2- 2nd
    2002 8+ 6th
    2003 2- 4th
    2003 8+ 3rd
Jacqueline Cook 1999 4- 5th
    2001 8+ 7th
    2001 2- 3rd
    2002 2- 2nd
    2002 8+ 6th
    2003 2- 4th
    2003 8+ 3rd
Roslyn McLeod 2003 8+ 3rd
Andreanne Morin 2003 8+ 3rd
Pauline Van Rossell 1999 4- 5th
    2001 8+ 57th
    2002 8+ 5th
    2003 8+ 3rd
(cox) Sarah Pape 2001 8+ 7th
    2002 8+ 5th
    2003 8+ 3rd
NETHERLANDS Back ^
Froukje Wegman 2001 8+ 8th
    2002 2- 14th
Marlies Smulders 2002 4x 8th
    2003 4x 9th
Nienke Hommes 2002 4x 8th
    2003 4x 9th
Hurnet Dekkers 2002 1x 9th
    2003 4x 9th
Sara Siegelaar      
Annemiek deHaan      
Annemarieke Van Rumpt      
Helen Tanger 2002 2- 14th
(cox) Ester Van Workel      
CHINA Back ^
Fey Yu      
Xiuhua Luo 2003 8+ 7th
    2003 8+ 7th
Ran Cheng      
Xiaoxia Yan      
You Wu      
Suli Mu      
Yanhua Gao 2003 8+ 7th
Ziwei Jin      
Cupiing Yang 2003 8+ 7th
(cox) Na Zhang 2003 8+ 7th

 

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