On Sunday, the U.S. team won an Olympic gold medal in the women's eight rowing competition for the first time since 1984, but that's not the only reason they are high on our list of teams we wish we were a part of. You can tell just from their post-race interview, shown in the clip above, what a loving and supportive team they are. And during their medal ceremony, the women sing the national anthem loudly, and proudly, something we haven't seen from many American gold medalists. The team says they were inspired by watching video of the 1984 team before they left for Beijing, and coxswain Mary Whipple cheered the team on halfway through the race by shouting, "This is for the 1984 girls. We've got to do them proud."
The Romanians were tremendously unhappy because they lost out on several thousands of dollars from their Government had they won Gold. They also won Gold in 2000 and 2004-most of the women in that boat are professional "rowers" in their thirties, for them rowing is a job, the US and Dutch athletes compete entirely for the love of their sport and their teammates.
As a rower myself, ( who has raced with/ raced against many of the girls in the boat) I can tell you that the fastest crews always demonstrate a tremendous amount of love and respect for each other. At the end of the day a boat only goes fast if all 9 members of the crew trust one in another whole heartedly. In the last 500 meters of a race, when you feel like your heart is going to explode, the only thing that keeps you going is the love and support of your teammates.
Crew is a fantastic sport- especially for young women ( Rowers have to be tall and fit-the ideal rower weighs more than 140lbs, rowing celebrates women's strength, size and stamina) Thanks to Title IX it is exploding around the country- last nights Prime Time Coverage was huge for the sport of rowing!