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Glen woman wins gold world medal in rowing

FRANCE--Watkins Glen native Olivia Coffey was part of the United States rowing team that took home a gold medal Saturday, Sept. 5 at the World Rowing Championships. The events ranged from singles competitors to teams of eight in both men and women competitions. The competition took place on Lac Aiguebelette, France, where the team won the first gold medal in women's quadruple sculls for the United States.
Coffey was joined by Amanda Elmore, Tracy Eisser and Megan Kalmoe, who put up a time of 6:27.070 Saturday. The United States team was followed by Germany with 6:28.410, The Netherlands with 6:29.690, Poland with 6:31.010 and Australia with 6:31.030.
"I still can't believe that we won," Coffey said. "[The German team] is a really good crew and have been good for a long time. We watched a lot of video on them and they are an example of what good rowing looks like, which is why I still can't believe that we won."
With the victory, the team qualified for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016. Coffey said the team is looking to do more of the same preparation work to go into the Olympics in order to have similar success at the event.

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